UKLI BULA | ETIOPIA

UKLI BULA | The traditional bull jumping is a rite of passage for men coming of age. The event last three days andinvolves only castrated cattle. The man must jump over a line of 10 to 30 bulls four times completey nude without falling. If this task is complete, the man joins the ranks of the Maza. Maza are other men that have successfully completed the bull jumping event. During this ceremony, the women of the tribe provoke the maza to whip them on their bare backs. This is extrememly painful and causes severe scaring on the women. The scars are a symbol of devotion to the men and are encourged by the tribe.

Salto del toro
Etiopia, 2013

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