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awl-images.com - Ethiopia / An old Hamar woman dances and blows a trumpet at a 'Jumping of the Bull' ceremony. The Hamar are semi-nomadic pastoralists of Southwest Ethiopia whose women wear striking traditional dress and style their red-ochred hair mop-fashion. Skins are widely used for clothing and heavy metal necklaces, bracelets and anklets form part of their adornments. Cowries are also popular yet the sea is 500 miles from Hamar country.The 'Jumping of the Bull' ceremony is a rite of passage for young men. The climax to the ceremony is when the initiate leaps onto a line of ten or more of his family's bulls and runs along their backs; he must complete the feat twice in each direction. After the ceremony, the initiate attains full manhood and is permitted to marry.B0014P 0491Nigel Pavitt52005100656065811+03006