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OCTOBER 28, 2007

The Jumping of the Bulls



For a boy to become a man he must jump the bulls - in an all day ceremony his female relatives show their love for him by being whipped...

A flowering cactus on our walk out to the Hamer VillageA flowering cactus on our walk out to the Hamer Village

The desert we walked through to get to the Hamer VillageThe desert we walked through to get to the Hamer Village

Berrieswild berries

A Baobab like treeA Baobab like tree

A Baobab like tree - Bright pink flowersA Baobab like tree - Bright pink flowers

The Whipping took place in a dried up river bed half an hour's walk from the Hamer VillageThe Whipping took place in a dried up river bed half an hour's walk from the Hamer Village

The Jumping boy walking towards the waiting crowdThe Jumping boy walking towards the waiting crowd

The Whipping boys didn't hold backThe Whipping boys didn't hold back

Hamer women being whippedHamer women being whipped

A Hamer women ready to be whippedA Hamer women ready to be whipped

Hamer women chasing after the whipping boysHamer women chasing after the whipping boys

Hamer Whipping BoyHamer Whipping Boy

2 Hamer children watching the ceremonyTwo Hamer children watching the ceremony

Hamer Women chasing after the whipping boyHamer Women chasing after the whipping boy

Hamer women being whippedHamer women being whipped

First blood for the dayFirst blood for the day

A Young Hamer girlA Young Hamer girl

Hamer watching from the far bankHamer watching from the far bank

Past scars...Past scars...

A Hamer woman

Hamer woman with brass  trumpetHamer woman with brass trumpet

Hamer man with women chasing whipper in backgroundHamer man with women chasing whipper in background

Hamer Women

A young Hamer girlA young Hamer girl

Whipper in action

Line her up...Line her up...

Swing with all your mightSwing with all your might

And barely a flinchAnd barely a flinch

Hamer Women

Hamer boy playing in the shadeHamer boy playing in the shade

Whipper in action

Two Hamer Women fighting over who should be whippedTwo Hamer Women fighting over who should be whipped

Two Hamer Women fighting over who should be whippedTwo Hamer Women fighting over who should be whipped

Whipper in action

The Hamer women barely flinch

A Hamer women after being whipped

A young Hamer cow herderA young Hamer cow herder

Hamer women after hours of whippingHamer women after hours of whipping

Hamer women after hours of whippingHamer women after hours of whipping

A weary whipperA weary whipper

Hamer women tending to cutsHamer women tending to cuts

Young Hamer women chatting to the Hamer MenYoung Hamer women chatting to the Hamer Men

Eye contact during the WhippingEye contact during the Whipping

Eye contact during the WhippingEye contact during the Whipping

Eye contact during the WhippingEye contact during the Whipping

Hamer women dancing and singingHamer women dancing and singing

A young Hamer DancerA young Hamer Dancer

The Whipper - notice the smileThe Whipper - notice the smile

A young Hamer girlA young Hamer girl

Three Hamer Children crossing the river bedThree Hamer Children crossing the river bed

A Whipper preparing a whipA Whipper preparing a whip

Hamer women taunting the cattleHamer women taunting the cattle

Hamer Women

Hamer men herding cattle - weapons in handHamer men herding cattle - weapons in hand

Hamer Women

A Hamer Whipper - restingA Hamer Whipper - resting

A Hamer - The Haircut denotes he is the killer of big animalsA Hamer - The Haircut denotes he is the killer of big animals

A local cop - heavily armedA local cop - heavily armed

The jumping boy has his braids undoneThe jumping boy has his braids undone

Old Hamer man sleeping in the shadeOld Hamer man sleeping in the shade

Hamer villager packing heatHamer villager packing heat

Freshly buttered Hamer womenFreshly buttered Hamer women

That's a bit cheekyThat's a bit cheeky

The older Hamer women resting in the shade in the VillageThe older Hamer women resting in the shade in the Village

Hamer Woman

Heavy angle bracletsHeavy ankle braclets

Proud young Hamer WomanProud young Hamer Woman

The necklace denotes her as a second wifeThe necklace denotes her as a second wife

Battle scarredBattle scarred

Hamer children

A heavily whipped backA heavily whipped back

Young Hamer girl watching the DancersYoung Hamer girl watching the Dancers

The buttered hair melts during the dayThe buttered hair melts during the day

The Jumping boy prepares himselfThe Jumping boy prepares himself

Pounding feet of the Hamer DancersPounding feet of the Hamer Dancers

A baby goat is sacrificed and eatenA baby goat is sacrificed and eaten

The sun sets over the villageThe sun sets over the village

Twin feathers that mark the whipping boysTwin feathers that mark the whipping boys

The Hamer men hold the bulls in lineThe Hamer men hold the bulls in line

Leaping onto the bulls 9 times he crossedLeaping onto the bulls 9 times he crossed to show his strength

Naked bar his jewelleryNaked bar his jewellery

Jumping of the Bulls

Jumping of the Bulls - A near fallJumping of the Bulls - A near fall

Proud young Mursi BoyJumping of the Bulls - A near fall

Proud young Mursi BoyJumping of the Bulls - A near fall

Tears of joyTears of joy

A golden sunset after a massive dayA golden sunset after a massive day

     
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Not sure about the whipping. Nice shots though.

Anonymous - 28 November, 2007

 
     
     
 

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