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Omo valley Karo tribe Ethiopia

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The Karo (or Kara), with a population of about 1000 - 1500 live on the east banks of the Omo River in south Ethiopia.
Their neighbors are the Hamar,Bana,Bashada,the famous Mursi and Nyangatom (on the other side of Omo river, who are their enemies ) . They speak a south Omotic language.
The Karo grow sorghum ,maize and beans .
Karo use to paint body and decorate their face. They use white (chalk), black (charcoal), yellow, ochre, and red earth.. Karo women scarify their chests to beautify themselves .The scarification of a man's chest shows that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. The scars are done with a knife or razor blade and ash is rubbed into.
The wearing of a grey and ochre clay hair bun alsoindicates the killing of an enemy or a dangerous animal. Hamar do the same.
The women have a very distinctive hairdress: they put red clay mixed with butter in their hair, so that the hair looks like a bunch of coffee beans. Ladies still use leather clothing made from animal skins.
The men all use a wood headrest to protect their hair bun, and they use it too to sit.
They love to rest under the men house, the chifo. At the end of the harvest and at times of initiation and marriage, the Karo come together to enjoy dances with a lot of local beer. These happy times often lead to marriage after the young man has successfully accompling the bull jumping. A Karo man may take as many wives as he can afford, but usually he marries two or three.

© Eric Lafforgue

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  1. perfectdayjosep 59 months ago | reply

    Interesting detail!!!

  2. abatares  59 months ago | reply

    i like it! just amazing....

  3. Nagatta(나같아) Very busy [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

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  4. china.sixty4 59 months ago | reply

    stunning portrait of "a people" the image says so much about the obvious gap (that is of course talked about but hardly ever seen) that exists between nations. BRAVO

  5. Paul Swee 59 months ago | reply

    Great capture bro...love it!

  6. loweryjes 59 months ago | reply

    interesting portrait.

  7. kristineinindonesia 59 months ago | reply

    this is really amazing. superb.

  8. junebug6467 59 months ago | reply

    Fascinating culture and people. Your photos are stunning, I enjoy them very much.

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  10. Mouin.M►(away) 58 months ago | reply

    you ave one of the most amazing photos in flickr

  11. Andrea Landini 58 months ago | reply

    meravigliosa, bellissima!

  12. saavalainen [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    nice! nice!

  13. Muiz_ 58 months ago | reply

    ERIC - WOWOWOW! my goodness this is amazing!

    it has the quality and feel of a surreal painting or iconic cinematic - you truly capture the indigenous beauty and wonder of our world - and truly - it is more spectacular & radiant than anything we can imagine.

    You bring the child out in me - so exciting visiting your photostream! such wonderment!

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    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called My_Way♫, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. big_stankh 43 months ago | reply

    congratulations, this photo is being used to accompany a news story on www.jailface.com

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