Borana girl, Yabelo, Ethiopia

Borana girl, Yabelo, Ethiopia

Borana tribe girl, near Yabello, Ethiopia. We crossed them on the road near Yabello, they were moving to another area to feed their cattle and their camels, as Borana are nomads. A huge camp, with decorations, coffee cooked in grease, lot of beautiful women, and cute kids. Very welcoming tribe once the elders gave the permission.
Borana means "friend" or "kind person", which basically intends that a bad person cannot be a Borana; Their lands extend from the basin of the Juba river to the hills of the Konso and the northern Kenya; This is an immense territory and for the most part, a flat desert; In such an environment, nomadic life is an imperative; The Borana speak the Oromo language; Their way of life is organized around the family’s animals; goats but also sheep, cattle and sometimes camels; Livestock is the main source of wealth, and serves as payment of the bride, sacrifices and legal fines; Their staple diet is based on milk products, supplemented by corn bread; Meat is only consumed on rare occasions; Nowadays, many Borana are not anymore nomad and build permanent houses made of mud, which protect them from the heavy rain; Borana used to practice polygamy; Families are close-knit, and divorce is quite frequent; Strict role segregation between men and women exists; men are in charge of the herds care while women are running the house and caring for the children; They believe traditionally in one God called Wak; Wak sends all the good things, especially rain; They also have intermediary priests named Qalla; Their spiritual leaders are granted a powerful veneration; In their religion, spirits (Ayana), which possess people and things, are of a great importance; Their believes are related to their herds which are indispensable for sacrifices and rituals to guarantee fertility, health, and assistance from spirits; Every single aspect of their culture is based on music; They have a well-known tradition; the complex gada system, which divides the Borana community into different classes; To resume, a new gada is elected every eight years by an assembly of all the Borana people or their representatives; Thus Abba Gadaa is not a king; he is just an elected leader;

© Eric Lafforgue

Posted by Eric Lafforgue on 2014-01-31 14:52:45

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