Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


Ethiopia is familiar to many of us from messages of the terrible famine or from history mainly about Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Abyssinia. Less well known are, for example, the own faith community of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the geographically very different country and the tribes which lives very basic and similar as their ancestors did it long time ago. The pictures are all from south of Addis Ababa, the capital, mainly from people and their customs, birds and a few other animal species. The country may not be rich in large mammals, as we know it from Kenya or Tanzania, but very original and fascinating.
Arba Minch received its name for the abundant local springs which produce a groundwater forest. Besides the forty springs crossing the town is a river kulfo, affectionately referred to as "cock river", which is used by the local people for washing cloths and farming.
The Dorze are a small ethnic group inhabiting the Gamo Gofa Zone (formerly part of the Semien (North) Omo Zone) of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region in Ethiopia. They speak the Dorze language, an Omotic tongue.
The Konso, also known as the Konzo, are a Cushitic-speaking ethnic group primarily inhabiting south-central Ethiopia. Although there are today marked differences in customs between the Konso and their Oromo neighbors, Konso society has also retained some commonalities with traditional Oromo culture. The latter include the gadaa generation-grading system of social organization, similar high priests and a cult of phallicism.
The Key Afar market is frequented mostly by the Benna, Ari und Tsemai people. Local town officials and business people are also doing their shopping there.
Karo (also Cherre, Kere, Kerre) is an Omotic language spoken in the Debub (South) Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region in Ethiopia. Karo is described as being closely related to its neighbors, Hamer and Banna, with a lexical similarity of 81%, and is considered a dialect of Hamer.
The Hamar (also spelled Hamer) are an Omotic community inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia. They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle.
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