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ETHIOPIAN TRIBES OF OMO VALLEY

Southern Ethiopia’s tribal and tropical Omo Valley is astounding. There’s no place in the world quite like it. The landscapes and scenes are exasperating: hills, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, jungle, exotic birdlife and wild animals, flowers and plants.

In and amongst the South, Ethiopian tribes are vast and varied. Wildly fascinating and intriguing, each has different body markings, clothing, hairstyles, facial features and beliefs.

Surreal to meet them, it’s now even more surreal in hindsight looking at these pictures, to think that I was there and had the privilege of meeting such wonderful, different and interesting people, and the chance to learn about their cultures and customs.

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Mursi tribal woman split lip decorated with clay dish

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Omo Valley tribes decorate shaved heads with colourful dried fruit

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Mursi tribeswoman carrying baby gracefully balances pot on her head

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Stunning Mursi tribal girl opts to split only her earlobes to decorate with golden clay dishes

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Curious head-dresses and markings on Omo Valley tribal villagers

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Mursi tribe decorate split lips & earlobes with decorative clay plates

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Hamer women decorate braids in red soil and butter

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Fascinating hairstyles of Konso tribesmen at market

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Hamer tribeswoman is 2nd wife – indicated by protruding necklace

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19 thoughts on “ETHIOPIAN TRIBES OF OMO VALLEY

  1. these are wonderful tribes are they real people or acting people? they might be very beautiful but they are destroying their body parties. but can not compete with Maasai culture which is very beautiful

  2. Heart breaking natural beauty of ancients, Thank you for bringing this up to the whole world to see and admire. I dream to go and visit one day the breathtaking beauty of the Omo valley, mountain, birds, natural rivers, and green bushes.

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