Hammer Child progressing to Adulthood

News of a Hammer ceremony spread and we were in……. where…….30km north of Turmi and a 5km walk into the bush!!! The previous night was the famed jumping of the bulls where the women beat their backs, cutting their skin from the lashes to show their commitment to the tribe. The boy who is going to do the jumping was meanwhile preparing to jump over a number of bulls to show his progression into adulthood. The next day and night (we were lucky to see) was the celebrations where the tribes drink, eat and party the night away. Along with the Dutch we set off, the only foreigners their, to the village. We would only be able to stay during the day as the night gets pretty wild with the booze and a few AK-47 being let off.

While the dancing went on they slaughtered 5 goats and a sheep. How….well the goats had their noses and mouths closed until they suffocated and then a knife was driven into their heart. The sheep on the other hand was held down and his neck was cut open and the men drank his blood as it pumped out of his main artery, this went on for some time until the animal finally passed. Sorry no pics as they must have been aware of animal rights and the internet….

Dancing

The men start dancing by themselves whilst the women are all drinking beer around the corner

Cute

Oblivious of the current affairs

Dancing

The men start dancing by themselves whilst the women are all drinking beer around the corner

In discussion

Local ring leaders discuss what is to happen

Observing

One of the leaders observe what is currently going on

Some of the women

Some of the women

Some of the women

Some of the women

The women

And finally the women start to get involved

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