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Ethiopia is… old beyond imagination, dating back to the very beginnings of mankind. It is also the land of the Queen of Sheba, a place of legendary rulers, fabulous kingdoms and Passion mysteries. Mother Nature was in a playful mood when she created Ethiopia, the result is a land that varies greatly from one region to the next. With more than 80 languages ands some 200 dialects, each ethnic group, preserves its own unique customs, tradition, and costumes. You’ll find all the major religions of the world In Ethiopia. But for all this exotic variety, the people of Ethiopia are as one in their friendliness and hospitality. 

Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. The events are impressive and unique. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has its own head, follows its own customs, and is extremely proud of its fourth century origins. 

Ethiopia's Islamic tradition is also strong and offers colorful contrast, particularly in the eastern and south-eastern parts of the country. 

Untainted with any outside influence, the indigenous Southern region boasts with its scenic landscape and impressive culture. Here in this vast expanse of Rift Valley land, varied cultural features under any restriction of time are being reflected. This land comprises an eclectic collection of people, language and norms existing in an immense region and clustered in hamlets and it undeniably makes visitors to be in their elements for their part of life. 

The Omo Valley is often portrayed as some sort of cultural Garden of Eden and it is unique in that four of Africa’s major linguistic groups including the ‘endemic’ Omotic languages are represented within one relatively small area. To anthropologists; the Omo Valley is not far from being the proverbal ‘ Living Museum’. The area is home to many diverse and fascinating peoples and cultures 

Seven distinct groups of people border on Mago & Omo National Parks, and hence a visit to this park has two advantages. 

While exploring wild animals is one of them, the other is meeting these amazing peoples and observing their cultural features and the way they inhabit the park as an integral part of the natural ecosystems. 

The lower Omo is home to an astonishing mix of small nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples. Contrasting ethnic groups, living now as humans forefather lived thousands of year back; the Hamar who are well known for their sense of elegance are the major ethnic group in the region, the Surma and Mursi women, who wear lip plates by piercing their lower lip have been compelling. There are also other tribes live in these area: the Bume (Nyangatom), the Kara-known for their body decoration, the Geleb (Dassenetch), the Bodi, the Albore, the A’ari, the Benna and the Tsemay. 

Unaffected by the ways of the modern world- so near and yet so far from them- these people remain as remote and unchanged as the land in which they live. 

 

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