We attended a ceremony by the Hamar people. Here women where whipped and young men was "jumping" bulls.
The ritual consisted of dancing, chanting, whipping of women and one young man who had to run on bulls until the crowd was satisfied with his skills. After the bull-jumping the crowd would start dancing and chanting again.
Initiation is a transitional ritual from being a boy/girl to becoming a man/woman.
To my european eyes this was not everyday at all. In fact I never expected to witness anything like this - ever. Everybody seemed quite happy and very excited. The women did fight for their places in the queue to get scars on their backs from the ritual whipper. They might even tease him to get his attention. The whipping sound left no question about whether or not it was real. It sounded like gunshots and we saw flesh being torn causing bleeding. No smiles did disappear. If anything - they seemed even happier after receiving this treatment.
The women will wear their scars with pride.
The Hamar people are very proud of their cattle. Some families might have cattle worth a fortune. They don't slaughter them though and in bad times people owning a lot of cattle might die from hunger. The cattle are worth more alive than as food. Pride is important.
When the dancing and chanting was over we heard thunder and it started raining. Nice feature for the entire experience of this ritual.
After watching the ritual the river we had passed on our way to the site was now less easy to pass and the current had become stronger. Perhaps caused by the rain nearly a hundred people (including ourselves) crossed the river on foot. 4 tourists hesitated......perhaps they are still to be found in the area.