The Dassanech live at the Southern end of the Omo Valley, in Ethiopia, where the river plunges into the jade waters of Lake Turkana.

They are an ethnic group who lives according to ancient traditions and beliefs, life is marked by rites of passage and ceremonies related to marriage and the birth of a child.

The livestock is the most precious good for this people, the number of possessed animals determines the wealth of a man and the possibility of marrying more women.

Like other Omo Valley populations, the Dassanech also use body scarification and other body modification methods.

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