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hammer tribes

Hamer Tribe

The Hammer tribe Inhabiting the eastern territory of the Omo River, Hamar villages are found throughout both Turmi and Dimeka, their People easily the most recognizable of all the Omo Valley tribes, save perhaps for the Mursi. While the spelling of the tribe may very (Hamar, Hammer, or Hamer), the wonderfully eclectic body ornaments and decorations of the people do not. The women are Particularly striking with their hair set in thick ochre-colored Plaits, their arms adorned with scores of copper bracelets, beads, Cowries and leather worn around their waists and their skin Marked with deep scars caused by intentional cuts that have been packed with charcoal and ash. You can identify a married Hamer woman by whether or not she is wearing a chunky copper band around her neck. More than one band indicates more than one husband. Surely there’s only so many husbands a neck can cope with?
Men are more plainly decorated but also partake in body Scarring, and paint themselves in white chalk for special occasions such as a bull jumping ceremony.


hammer tribes

The lip plates of Mursi Women

Nilo-Saharan linguistic Group, agro-pastoralist, originally from the larger Surma group, the Mursi are people who moved east from the surmic nucleus and occupied the land between the Omo and Mago rivers. Neighbored by the Surma to the west, the Ari and Mount Mago to the east, the Kwegu and Karo to the south and the Bodi to the north, the Mursi are about 6000 in number.
The lip plates of Mursi Women
A new sect of people from Europe and other parts of the world who pierce their lips and other parts of their boy in aspiration to be like some tribes in the wilderness of Africa and increased sexual stimulation are coming in to the scene. Apart from this new trend in the modern society, there are very few groups of societies in the world whose women wear labial and lobular plates. The Mursi and the Surma, who live in the lower Omo valley region of Ethiopia, are the most typical ones.
The plates, made from red or black mud or wood, are produced into different sizes by the Mursi/Surma women themselves. The shape varies from circular to trapezoidal, some of them being hollow-centered, and with decorative incisions. .


karo tribes

Karo Tribe

Karo Tribe settled along the eastern bank of the Omo river, and are the smallest tribe in Omo valley with estimated population of 3,500 .They live in three(3) main big villages Known as Korcho, Dus ,& Lobuk

The karo tribes are considered to be the master of body painting. They decorate their body with different colors when they are going to engage in dance, feast or celeberation.The karo tribe residing along the borders of the lower Omo River incorporates rich cultural symbolism in to their rituals by using ornate body arts, intricate head dresses, and body scarification to express beauty and significance within their community. The Karo frequently perform the Pilla ritual, which signifies the coming of adolescence for the young men. The initiation must demonstrate that he is ready to “become a man” by leaping over rows of cattle six times consecutively without falling. If he is successful, the boy will become eligible for marriage (as long as his older brothers are already married) and he will be allowed to prepare publicly with elders in sacred areas.


bana tribes

Evangadi of benna

Banna, Bana, and Benna are other spellings for the Bena people. They are neighbors with the Hamer tribe and it is believed that the Bena actually originated from them centuries ago. The markets in Key Afer and Jinka are often visited by them.
Just like most of the indigenous tribes in the lower Omo Valley, the Bena practice ritual dancing and singing. The men often have their hair dressed up with a colorful clay cap that is decorated with feathers. Both the men and women wear long garments and paint their bodies with white chalk. Women of the tribe wear beads in their hair that is held together with butter.
The Bena look very similar to the Hamer and are often called the Hamer-Bena. Common rituals and traditions of other tribes are shared by the Bena. The boys in the tribe participate in bull jumping. When it is time for the boy to become a man, he must jump over a number of bulls naked without falling. If he is able to complete this task, he will become a man and be able to marry a woman. .

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