Ethiopia, a bull jumping ceremony near Turmi, Lower Omo Valley.
The bull-jumping ceremony is conducted by several tribes in the area of the Lower Omo Valley. It is probably the most important ceremony in a tribal man’s life. Each naked boy taking part undergoes a number of rituals before leaping down the line of bulls jumping from back to back. If the boys succeed, they are men in the eyes of the tribe. If they fall, they are whipped by the women. At the ceremony young female relatives of the boys beg to be whipped.
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