Jumping of the bull ceremony Ethiopia - Stock Image

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Turmi, Ethiopia, February 16, 2013: women of the Hamer ethnic group are dancing during the Jumping of the bull ceremony.
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Women of the Hamer ethnic group are dancing during the Jumping of the bull ceremony. The event is a rite of passage for men about to marry and is seen as a step from childhood to manhood. Before the bull jumping takes place, female relatives provoke the adult Hamer men to whip them on their bare backs. This causes life-long scaring on the women and is obviously very painful. The scars are a symbol of devotion to the men and are encouraged by the tribe.
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