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BODI PEOPLE AN ANCIENT TRIBE AND THEIR KAEL CULTURAL CEREMONY

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 The Bodi or Me'en is the name of a semi-nomadic tribe living in the Omo valley, about 140 km from Jinka town, southern Ethiopia. South of the Bodi are the Mursi tribe.

 

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The Bodi speak the Bodi language as a mother tongue, which belongs to the Nilo-Saharan language family. They are pastoralists (livestock farmers) and agriculturalists.  

The bodis are one of the ethnic group in Ethiopia`s Omo valley that have refused to change to the modern way of life and prefers their indigenous tribal pastoral life. The bodi still engages in barter trade system. Bodi people in south Ethiopia walk for hours to reach the weekly markets, where they exchange stuff or buy some.

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Bodi women likes fashion and they are fond of making tribal beautification marks on their bodies. These beautification marks (scarifications) comes in many forms as the bearer want it to be. They adorn their body with beautiful tribal bracelets.

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To celebrate their new year called the Kael, the Bodi tribe in south Ethiopia, Omo valley, kill a cow. They use a huge stone and bang the head....then they open the cow, read the intestines, and take the blood to drink it...

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