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Turmi, Ethiopia, February 16, 2013: african woman of the Hamer ethnic group is showing the scars on her back at the jumping of the bull ceremony.
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African woman of the Hamer ethnic group is showing the scars on her back at the jumping of the bull ceremony near Turmi, Ethiopia. The Hamer have "rites of passage" called Jumping of the bull ceremony which represent a life-changing event for the young man who passes from boyhood in to adulthood. The man strikes the girl so that the end of the whip hits her on the back. It is in this way the Hamer women can demonstrate the strength of their devotion to the man.
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