Ethiopian Bull Jumping Ceremony

In 2006, I traveled to the Omo River Valley in southwestern Ethiopia to witness the Bull Jumping Ceremony of the Hamer tribe.

In advance of the jumping, the Hamers dance around the bulls which sit at the base of their culture. In this part of the world, human survival is dependent on a healthy herd, hence the central importance of the Bull Jumping Ceremony in Hamer culture. (Gordon Ross)

The ceremony is a coming-of-age ritual for young men that involves the initiate running across the backs of bulls that are held loosely in place by supporting tribesmen. The task is a difficult one with high stakes — success brings adulthood with all of its privileges and responsibilities, while failure could mean a life of poverty with a lesser chance of marriage.

You can find the photo documentary here.

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