AA MISC.: Bull-Jumping Manhood Ceremony for Hamar and Karo Tribes | Ethiopia

Gaito Loka successfully jumps the bulls and completes a coming of age ceremony practiced among the Hamar and Bene tribes. Woman who are related to the boy get whipped in support of him. The idea is that at some point if they need help they can go to him and say, “Look, I was there to support you at your bull jumping, see the scars? Now I need your help.” Bull jumping ceremonies also have a lot of dancing and activity so they have become local tourist attractions. Gaito is one of the youngest jumpers, but he makes the jump and becomes a man.

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