Ethiopia. This young girl from the Hamer tribe in the south Omo region of Ethiopia had just gotten her face painted during a bull jumping ceremony. The bull jumping event (young men running over the backs of several lined up bulls) is a rite of passage for men of the tribe.
Photographs taken over the last five years by Hans Silvester, a German photographer, document the extraordinary body painting of the Surma and Mursi peoples of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. Semi-nomadic warriors, they live primarily by keeping large herds of cattle; their only Western accessory seems to be the Kalashnikov rifles they trade with Sudanese tribes.
Oromos mainly inhabit three African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, and some areas in Somalia. The Oromo people estimate to be about 30 million people. The Oromos are one of the four largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, along with the Tigray-Tigrinya, Amhara, and Somali. The main language spoken is Oromo.