Colours of Ethiopia
Western women wear make-up to feel more attractive and confident which is the common practice. However, women and men live in remote areas of Ethiopia also use white chalk and red ochre to decorate their faces. I admire these tribal people’s stunning and beautiful harmony with the surroundings.
The Ancient African Tribes that live in the Lower Omo Valley and around Lake Turkana are believed to be the most unusual tribal people in the world. They have become famous for their heritage and diversity. They have practiced some of the same traditions that their ancestors did centuries ago living in the same remote area.
Hans Silverster has photographed the painted people of the Surma and Mursi tribes in Southern Ethiopia. This is an example of how nature inspire a man to live in the midst of colours and pigments of natures kind.
It is not just the women who decorate their faces to be more visually appealing to the opposite sex but the men also paint their faces and bodies to boost their sex appeal, celebrate important festivities, show off during guest visits, conflict between other clans or for purely aesthetic reasons.
Karo children also wear body paint when taking part in festivities and as a means of identifying themselves as part of the clan.
Most tribes now carry AK 47 rifle to hunt or protect themselves.
Steve McCurry has posted beautiful colours of Ethiopia in his blog.