Hamer tribe initiation ceremony

Bull leaping














One of the most exiting initiation ceremony on the Omo valley in Ethiopia. When a boy is grown up and ready to marry, and his familt collected enough money to be able to feed all the guests, they start the process of the ceremony which has many stages. Here you can see the final stage: the boy, naked as a baby (symbolizing his birth into adoulthood) is leaping few times over eight bulls, and should not fall.
Succiding doing that, the next day will be a big celebration, and he will enter the ‘young adult’ stage in life.