The Tsemay people live in the semi-arid region of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, they are a population of farmers and breeders and are experts in collecting honey.

Like some populations living in neighboring territories, the Tsemay also practice the ritual of passage of the Bull’s jumping that consecrates a boy to adulthood.

Tsemay society is divided into age classes, there are four age groups that mark the lives of people, with each transition to the age of majority an individual takes on more responsibility.

The ornaments have a great importance for Tsemay women who use numerous jewels made with beads and shells.

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Tsemay people - Photo Credits: Rod Waddington

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