Traveling through Africa #2: The Hamer and Mursi Tribes - Original photo series

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On every trip I have been on in Africa, I've always made friends. Your first trip to Africa may seem scary, but rest assured that most African countries have decent safety, incredibly varied cultures, landscapes, and activities that you can only experience there. It is an experience you don't want to miss out on.

In the past few weeks I have been traveling through Ethiopia with a private, local guide I name Sam. Today I present some photos made during the journey deep into remote Ethiopian southern jungle tribes. Photos with their own stories. Enjoy!

All photos are original and mine

Stilts for Fun!

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First some good old fun. Home made. These guys use long stilts to go around their village. There is no real reason why, just for fun. I tried to do it as well but miserably failed. Ah well, they had a good laugh.

Journey into Omo Valley: The Bull Jumping Ceremony

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The first tribe I encounter in Ethiopia and spend most of the day with is the Hamer Tribe. I was extremely lucky to encounter the bull jumping ceremony.

The ceremony is a rite of passage for any young Hamer boy. The boy needs to jump over several cows. Upon completion, he becomes a Maza, and is entitled to take several brides. Upon failure, he must return to his village and try to complete the task next year.

In one of the bizarre traditions, some women are whipped with birch sticks by the males. With every whip, the women do not flinch in agony but taunt them to do it harder. The greater the pain, the more devotion they have to the boy that is completing the ceremony.

The Mursi Tribe Camp

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The second tribe I encountered is the Mursi Tribe. Upon arrival to the Mursi Tribe camp, as soon as stepping out of the vehicle, the tribe members swarm you. They say "money?" or "Birr?". Each click of your camera pointed at a person, is .20 cents. Whether it's a good photo or a bad photo, you need to pay, no matter what.

So each shot counted, literally. I really wanted to talk to the tribe members than just taking photos, so I sat with them to try to break some ground. I asked for their names, their age. Some don't have names, and they don't count their age.

The last 5 minutes I had decent conversations. They asked for medicine, and unfortunately, I only had hand sanitizer. one of the tribe members showed me a gnarly injury on his leg.

The man above spoke the best English. We exchanged names, how we were doing, what we were doing. I asked if I could take a photo before I left. I did, with no charge.

Love,
@martinphoto

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Very interesting blog on travelling in Africa. Very different viewpoint than the ones comnercially marketed.
Good to know that spending time to get to know them makes them waive their 'fee'.

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Wow, great shots! The guys on stilts is my favorite. Looks like an awesome trip!

nice travel, nice experience, nice clicks.
please can you upvote my photos & follow me. i will follow you. thank you.

Very Cool!

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GREAT PICS!.

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fantastic photos and very interesting story. interesting that people are already requesting money for being recorded by camera. i am waiting for more content like this

Excellent pictures.

Good friend, I greatly troubled the photo of the lashed woman, as she infuriates me a lot because of the mistreatment. I do not understand how in those countries they can treat women in that way.

African culture is wonderful! I congratulate you, very good post!

Quality photo shots! It is amazing that in this digital age, some parts of Africa like in Ethiopia are still living uncivilized lives. Well, that's the joy of diversity here on earth.

very interesting experience, Africans are a culture oriented people and value it as much as their lives.

Interesting that each shot counted. Just like being back in the film days.