Ethiopia’s Cultural Cornucopia
Posted by addisethiopia on November 7, 2009
“The Omo is oddly reminiscent of the American west in the 19th century. Life revolves around cattle, gunplay and getting the girl.”
Exactly! I even “SEE” a striking similarity between some tribes of the OMO and the original Nordic tribes of Northern Europe.
UNTIL recent years the tribes of the Omo River Basin in the remote southwest of Ethiopia had not even heard of the nation of which they were a part. For all they knew of it, Addis Ababa might have been the dark side of the moon.Theirs is a traditional world.
The men count their wealth in cattle, their wives in goats and their status by the number of enemies they have murdered. They paint their bodies for war and celebration, and drink cow’s blood to revive their spirits. The women, among the most beautiful in Africa, scar their torsos in elaborate patterns for erotic effect, and in preparation for marriage insert plates the size of Frisbees in their lower lips. “This is what one dreamed about as a child,” a seasoned Africa traveller told me once. “An Africa untouched by our own culture.”