The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are anOmotic community inhabiting southwesternEthiopia

The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are anOmotic community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia

The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are anOmotic community inhabiting southwesternEthiopia

 

 

The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are anOmotic community inhabiting southwesternEthiopia. They live in Hamer woreda (or district), a fertile part of the Omo River valley, in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region(SNNPR). They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle

Culture

The Hamar are known for their unique custom of "bull jumping," which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must run back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails.
Hamar tribe of SOUTH WESTERN ETHIO

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