Blood and milk: the most beautiful man of Ethiopia
• Blood and milk: the most beautiful man of Ethiopia
While Europeans and Americans fanatically struggling with every extra kilogram, representatives of the stronger sex African tribe Body try to grow the greatest among fellow belly. Those who do manage to become true heroes and get all kinds of preferences.
For several centuries a vital position in the body formed a national holiday, which is called "Fat Man competition." Participate in it only by men. Preparing for the holiday begins a few months, and those who have a lot of cows, even for half a year. The participants of the festival can only be young and unmarried men. Having made the decision to participate in the "competition fatties", the man begins to eat only fat milk and blood of cows, abandoning any other food. During the preparation of such a man hardly comes out of the hut and actively fullness.
On the feast of the men they paint their bodies, decorated with a bandage his head feathers and shells, hang a necklace on the chest encircling ropes and proudly followed to the venue of the festival. The title of the fat man of the tribe gives serious preferences. At the site of the celebration participants waiting for the whole tribe, and the elders. Participants are gracefully to the audience, showing their bellies. Very thick elders confer the title of Hero of the tribe, which he will wear for life.
The tribe practiced polygamy principle. This has its own meaning - the more wives, the more children - potential workers.
The tribe is divided into about 15 clans, consisting of families. Each clan controls the Elder, all the elders have the right to conduct a variety of tips. For the tribe of body characteristic of animism, when all phenomena and objects have their own spirit. Savages live in complete peace and harmony with nature, the spirits do not just bother contacting them only in rare cases. Leader called Comoro. After the death of this position is transmitted successor according to a tribal ritual.
The tribe without exception, I like to decorate the body scarred. Women believe that the more such scars on their bodies, the man pleasant to touch them. Often, men and women do scarring themselves with knives, razors, conventional sticks.
Since ancient times body engaged in hunting, but is gradually mastered the cattle, developing at the same time the cult of animals, which they appreciate. Cows and still are a major indicator of the currency and the welfare of their owner. In addition, over time, we were forced to master the body and also agriculture.
The current number of representatives of tribal body is about 7,000 people. These people are directly dependent on their livestock and pastures. Recently close to him began to pick civilization.
The Ethiopian government begins work on the construction of dams and power plants in these areas. Large areas that have always belonged to the body, got company-builders. And we began to force Aboriginal relocated further from the river. Body who are not able to fight, go to their homes, while others are forced to hide and keep hidden war.