Photographer's Note

Body painting Surma - Ethiopia

The men decorate themselves by putting some white clay on their bodies. Then by the help of a friend sliding his fingers on the warrior's body they get this figures. This dressing up and body decoration is meant to show their beauty and virility and thus catch the women attention.

This kind of body painting is especially made during long periods spent in the camps where the cattle is kept by young men. It is also a must during the donga (stick fighting) ceremony.

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