WOMEN FROM THE HAMER TRIBE AT A 'CATTLE JUMP' 2

Nicholas Perry

Midhurst,, United Kingdom

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I stayed with various groups of Hamar and as a result was invited to take photographs of a ‘cattle jump’. This rite of passage for men coming of age must be done before a man is permitted to marry. The man-to-be must “jump the cattle” four times to be successful. This test is performed while naked (except for a few cords bound across the chest) as a symbol of the childhood he is about to leave behind him. The ceremonies end with several days of feasting, including the typical jumping dances and are accompanied by as much sorghum beer as the cow-jumper’s family can provide to the visitor. It was quite an experience!

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