A brutal tradition in which women from the Hamar tribe in Ethiopia beg their men to beat them in public to prove their love and loyalty for the husbands has been spotlighted by photographer Jeremy Hunter.
The women of this tribe engage in a tribal ceremony during which they are flogged to show the sacrifices they make for their men.
The tradition is known as Ukuli Bula and is done as part of a Rite of Passage ceremony for boys.
Young Hamar women sometimes coat their bodies with butter to lessen the effect of the whipping.
“I usually beg my husband at least once a month to thoroughly beat me- that’s when I will know he cares for me.If he takes long without him beating me, I will start being worried, so I approach him and beg for a beating”, one of the women says.
During rite of passage of men after circumcision, women are paraded and allowed to request for serious beating from the newly circumcised men.
During this ceremony, every women is expected to attend, where she is required to beg for “loyalty from men”—in this case loyalty means whipping.
At the end of the ceremony, the women go home knowing their men love them.
Looking closely at the photos, you’ll realize the women are happy.
Below are some of the photos taken during this important occasion in Ethiopia.
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