Ethiopia’s Omo Valley | Africa’s Last Frontier, National Geographic Magazine: Hamar and Karo Tribes Bull-Jumping Manhood Ceremony | Ethiopia

Hamar and Karo Tribes Bull-Jumping Manhood Ceremony | Ethiopia

Bull jumping is simple event. The village lines up the bulls and you jump them and then you are a man. This guy was not much of a jumper—you can see how this is going to hurt, but he became a man nonetheless. You can’t get married or let your children survive if you haven’t gone thru this ceremony. Hamar and Karo tribes practice bull jumping as a manhood ceremony. Karos only have the ceremony once a generation. Many of these men have illegitimate children before the ceremony and without exception those children are all killed. Karos are the only tribe that practice Mingi killing by putting dirt in their newborn children’s mouths and leaving them to die.

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