Africa is a continent with diverse culture, religion, belief and tradition. Most African countries go to a great length to she the value of their culture and tradition.
There is tribal ceremony during which women especially the young ones are whipped in order to show the sacrifices they make for men. This tribal culture is revealed in a series of photographs in this article.
The Hamar tribe in Ethiopia believe the elaborate scars demonstrate a woman’s capacity for love, and if they fall on hard times later in life it allows them to call on those who whipped them for help.
The women are whipped as part of a Rite of Passage ceremony for the young men when they declare their love.
After the ceremony the boy becomes a man, and is allowed to marry.
The tradition known as ”Ukuli Bula” is regarded as brutal in many parts of the World.
During this ceremony, women beg men to whip them. The ceremony is usually held in the Omo River Valley.
The male only receive decoration and facial painting which denote status and progression up the social ladder.
The women trumpet and sing, extolling the virtues of the Jumper, declaring their love for him and for their desire to be marked by the whip. They coat their bodies with butter to lessen the effect of the whipping which is only carried out by Maza – those who have already undergone this Rite-of-Passage.
Itís a kind of Insurance Policy. The ceremony tends to unite the family. It also demonstrates women’s capacity for love, and in later life – perhaps when they’ve become widowed – they will look to the boys who whipped them years before to request help.
To the south of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, lies the tribal animist area. It stretches from Addis all the way to Lake Turkana, formerly known during colonial times as Lake Rudolf, which borders Kenya.
At every ceremony around two hundred members of the Hamar (also spelt Hamer) participate in this life-changing event.