AA MISC.: Bull-Jumping Manhood Ceremony | Dimeca, Ethiopia

Gaito is a Maze and participates in an elders meeting just before the bull jumping. Mazes are single men who are paid for running this ceremony. The bull jumping family in this case wanted to give the Mazes one goat and a small jug of honey. But the men held out for three goats and a large jug of honey. When they marry they will get a dowry and perhaps some land ,but for now they must survive on payments for bull jumping ceremonies. A Maze will only eat milk, honey and meat, but once they marry, their diet can change.  Benne Mazes wanted to participate, but they ate bananas and were therefore,  excluded. Hamar did not want Benne in the ceremony, but the elders called the Maze aside to discuss the situation. This was the first time in Gaito’s life that he was a participant in decision-making in his village and in his tribe.

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