African Culture: Meet Hamar people, a tribe where women are brutally flogged as a symbol of love for marriage

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Hamar people; also spelt as Hamer, are a community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia with a total population of 46,532. They live in Hamer woreda a fertile part of the Omo River valley, in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations.

They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle. They speak the language called Hamer and practice Animism religion.

The Hamar people are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping,” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a say on who they marry.

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