Action in Combat - Donga stick fighting - South Omo Ethiopia
Surmas have more than ever to display their courage, their virility and their strength, and Donga (stick fighting) is a unique occasion to perpetuate their legend.
They have some protections around the head, knees, hands and the elbows. The stick is about 2 meters long and has a carved phallus at the end.
In most cases, stick fighting is a way for warriors to find girlfriends, it can also be a way to settle conflicts. On this occasion men show their resistance to pain, to the young women. The fights are held between Surma villages, gathering hundreds of warriors. Since stick fighting draws a large audience, it becomes a threat of danger.
Today it is said that 'there is another fight between indigenous people from the area and the Government so they can take their land and give it to foreign investors'.
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GiovanniG (2375) 2012-05-29 1:33
Wow, fantastic capture with such wonderful colors and detail. The POV and perspective is spot on. Well done. Keep sharing your fantastic photos. Can’t wait to see more.. Bravo!
CLODO (29358) 2012-05-31 5:10
Ton reportage ne séduit pas le monde de TE! Et pourtant, moi j'adore ce qui sort des sentiers battus, et là c'est un coup de foudre.
Merci de cette image haute en couleurs qui traduit un fait inconnu.
Waylim (25162) 2012-06-04 23:02
Truly a very rare shot, I don't know what to say, it amazes me and yet at the same time, I think I would be scare, partly we see scene like this in movie. It must be amazing to be there seeing it with you own eyes.
baclama (17371) 2012-06-06 7:30
je viens de lireta reponse à Clodo et suis bien triste...peut-on voir tes photos ailleurs?
je les trouve tres interessantes, tres bien prises, plutot rares de trouver de telles photos...et les notes qui vont avec sont tres enrichissantes!
J'espere vraiment pouvoir en voir d'autres...
A bientot...mais je ne sais pas où;-)