Turmi Local Customs

  • Hamerwomen at Dimeka market
    Hamerwomen at Dimeka market
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  • goatskin skirts
    goatskin skirts
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  • Dimeka market
    Dimeka market
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    Remarkable hairstyles, men

    by sachara Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Dimeka market

    At the Dimeka market north of Turmi we saw also some men with remarkable hairstyles.

    If a man has killed an enemy or dangerous animal, he is permitted to rub coloured clay in his hair, sometimes also decorated with feathers.

    This hairstyle can last for almost 6 months. That's why the man needs a headrest for sleeping. You see almost every man walking with his headrest in his hand.

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    Remarkable hairstyles, Hamer women

    by sachara Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Hamerwomen at Dimeka market

    The Hamer people are known for their remarkable hairstyles. The women rub a mixture of ochre, water and animal fat in their hair, creating coppery-coloured tresses, known as goscha.

    When we walked at the market of Dimeka some women and girls liked to touch our arms and hairs and asked us to touch their hairs. There was a lot of laughter, if our hands or arms became coloured with the red-brown ochre.

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    Jewellery of the Hamer women

    by sachara Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Hamer woman

    The Hamer women and girls looked beautiful in their decorated goatskin skirt, with kaurishell necklaces, chestplates, beads and all other kind of home-made jewellery.

    Around their arms the girls wear iron bracelets and armlets as an indication of the wealth and social standing of the young girl's family. When she gets married, she must remove these jewellery. It is the first gift to her new family.

    A married or engaged woman you can recognize by wearing iron torques, known as ensente, around their necks.

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    Goatskin skirts and calebashes

    by sachara Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    In the Oromo Region the people are wearing bead-decorated leather garments, that reflects their economy, based on livestock. So the costumes reflect in some extent the different regions, lifestyles and climate.

    Like at the market of Key Afar, I saw also at the Dimeka market girls wearing beautiful goatskin skirts at the back ending in a kind of tail, decorated with colourful beads and kaurishells.

    Besides wearing these leather clothes, the people still use the traditional calabashes as watercontainer. You don't see hardly any plastic around.

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