- A tribe in Ethiopia partakes in a ceremony in which women are whipped in order to show sacrifices they make for men.
- The Hamar tribe believes that the elaborate scars inflicted on women during the whipping ceremony, demonstrates a woman’s capacity for love.
- They believe that women call on the scars in times of need and hardship to help them.
Hamar tribe women in Ethiopia are whipped as a part of a rite of passage ceremony for boys when female members declare their love for a man.
It is believed that after the rite of passage a boy becomes a man and he is then allowed to marry.
During the ceremony which is held in the Omo River Valley, the women beg men to whip them again and again in other to demonstrate their capacity to love.
The celebration which is known as Ukuli Bula was captured by photographer, Jeremy Hunter.
It was gathered that the women who are whipped are family members or relatives of the boy undertaking the rite. The women trumpet and sing to declare their love for the boys and for their desire to be whipped.
They coat their bodies with butter to lessen the effect of the whipping which is carried out by the Maza (men who have already gone through the rite of passage).
Girls and women who are whipped proudly show off their scars as proof of their courage and integrity.
During the ceremony, men decorate their faces with paint.
Hamar boys must undergo two rituals, circumcision and a leap over bulls to reach manhood which determines whether the boy is ready to transform from youth to manhood.
At every ceremony around two hundred members of Hamar participate in this life-changing event.
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