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Images that capture the moment members of.the Suri tribe from southern Ethiopia taking part
in a fighting ritual have emerged on the internet .


Warriors are seen taking part in the ‘ Donga ’ , or stick fight , which has traditionally been a way men impress women and find a wife. They fight
with little or no clothing, and the violent clashes sometimes result in death.



Battles usually take place between Suri villages , which can consist of between 40 and 2, 500 people.

They are usually held after the rains , and there are often 20 to 30 fighters on each side , with tribesmen taking it in turns to fight one- on-one .


Referees enforce a code of conduct – it is against the rules to hit someone while they are on the floor .

Stick fighting is a combination of martial art , ritual and sport . As well as providing an opportunity to attract a partner , the fights aim to get young men used to bloodshed – which
leaders believe comes in handy if they clash with other tribes.


The Ethiopian government – in 1994 passed laws to ban stick fighting , but the tradition lives on.

Female members of the tribe, whom the men are fighting over , have distinctive clay discs inserted into holes in their bottom lip , which are
considered signs of beauty . To have the discs inserted, their bottom two teeth are removed before the hole is cut .

The larger the plate , the more cows the girl’ s father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries.

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