2015 Feb Day 19 Kara Village, Hamer Bull Jumping
This morning we visited a Karo Village. On the way we saw many termite mounds, some as much as 8 feet tall.
Sometimes the men are even more colorful than the women.
I liked the rusty bottle cap fringe decorating one of the women’s skirt.
Finally the bulls are lined up on an escarpment overlooking the Omo River. The boy takes a running start and runs over the bulls four times.
The event took all afternoon with lots of waiting around. I made acquaintance with a group of young Hamer because I wanted to sit in the shade under their tree. They had great fun inspecting my teeth, my jewelry and the veins in my hand.
One of the boy’s female family members had some of the metal bracelets on her arm removed to pay for the bulls. The bulls were lined up with considerable difficulty, and the bull jumping began. The boy was naked, his hair in a sort of Mohawk Afro standing upright above his bald head and long lean body,
We left after the boy’s successful jumping while the sun set over the Omo River escarpment.
Tomorrow the Hamer will celebrate with dancing, singing, and a barbecue of many goats.
And we will drive further north back to the Paradise Lodge near Lake Chamo.