The mursi tribe are famous for their body decorations. the women are best known for the big clay plates worn in their lower lips. the mursi men are known for their scarification and for being fierce warriors.
The mursi tribe is one of the most fascinating of all the omo valley tribes. i remember seeing photos of these people many years ago, and never dreamed i'd actually get to meet them in person! according to my guide, the women first started using lip plates during the days of the s***e trade, to make themselves unattractive (and therefore undesirable as slaves). over the years the woman continue the lip plate tradition, except now it is seen as a sign of beauty and is used to attract a husband. in addition to the lip plates, the mursi are also known for their face paint, ceremonial head wear, large ear plugs, fancy jewelry, and body markings -- all of which they were extremely eager to display for me...for a tip of course!
#monday#market day! hamar women bring their #red ocre to market to sell to other women. they use it with butter to dye and dread lock their hair. why not get to know more about the hamar's fascinating jewellery and hair styles? tour with #omoodyssey and you can spend an afternoon chatting with these women, watching them #braiding their #hair (you can get yours done too if you like!) and finding out the history behind their distinctive look.
If god had a name what would it be?
and would you call it to his face?
if you were faced with him in all his glory
what would you ask if you had just one question?
and yeah, yeah, god is great
yeah, yeah, god is good
and yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah
what if god was one of us?
just a slob like one of us
just a stranger on the bus
tryin' to make his way home? -joan osborne
(if god was one of us)
i have been inspired for a long time by the beautiful people of the omo valley in ethiopia.
this is a section of a larger painting i'm still working on.
children of the valley
mixed media, paper collage, acrylic on canvas.
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We drove to omerate, located in far south at the border with kenya,for a visit with the dasenech tribe. in a legit dugout boat we crossed the omo river to arrive at their village. these folks herd cattle, grow maize and sorghum, and fish on the river for self-sustainence. it's obvious this village sees a fair amount of tourists because as soon as they found out a farengi (white person) had arrived, they all ran to their huts to pull out their fanciest ceremonial headwear (the body paint, clothes and jewelry are everyday wear). they were quick to ask for a photo and to strike a pose. in the omo valley there is an expectation of a tip in exchange for a photo. i'm happy to contribute but having to pick certain people for photos and not others is ackward to say the least (i can't possibly photograph everyone in the village). my guide sileshi was good at keeping them in order, but there was a certain amount of chaos creates that left me a bit uncomfortable, both with the scene in general, but also with the "naturalness" of my images. they were interesting to see, and their headwear made with bottle caps was quite different for sure.
The women of the dasenech tribe are responsible for building the homes (huts) and generally taking care of things in the village, while the men go off and tend to the cattle and crops, or catch fish. because of this, when we visited with this tribe, the only people around were the elders, women with their babies, and small children.