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Monthly Photos

Photos taken by ILCAA staff and associates are posted here once a month; most of them are taken during their field research in Asia and Africa.

(The copyright belongs to the photographers.)

Proof of Marriage

In the traditional wedding of the Hamer tribe, who live in the Omo Valley (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region in Ethiopia), the bride is whipped by her husband and the men of his relatives.
Wounds on her back are the proof of marriage. Thus, they injure the body on occasion so that they could remember the stories of their lives by the scars.


29 Dec 2014
South Omo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region in Ethiopia
Photograph by Yona TAKAHASHI



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