Woman of the Hamar tribe

There are quite a few different tribes in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, each with their distinctive customs. Here we have a portrait of a woman from the Hamar tribe. This tribe is known for their bull-jumping ceremonies, which is accompanied by women inviting the men to whip them, often bloody and leaving permanent scars, as a show of their worth, dedication, and devotion.

 

Faces of the Omo Valley tribes

I recently spent a few days in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, visiting a few of the local tribes. It was a fascinating trip, and I was grateful to have had close access to these people. A gallery of some of the portrait photos I took can be found at https://www.silentnomad.com/images/omo/

The Omo Valley tribes are a fascinating people, and a quick intro to them can be found at this external resource https://www.purelifeexperiences.com/blog/tribes-omo-river/

Goat herder at sunset

In the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Towards sunset, the goat herders of the Kara tribe were bringing their goats back to the village. With the red of the sunlight filtering through the dust, I jumped straight in with my camera, sometimes through thorns on my hands and knees, but was fortunate to have captured some beautiful scenes.

The Mursi

The Mursi are one of the many tribes in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. They have an aggressive reputation and keep large herds of cattle, but these days increasingly rely on tourists to obtain money by going that extra mile to decorate themselves. The lip-plates are real, but I am sceptical that the other decorations reflect genuine Mursi culture. Certainly not your every-day-wear but probably used often for special occasions.