Ethiopia : Upper Omo Valley Suri tribe (aka Surma) tribal Donga Stick Fighting Ceremony



Donga is a tribal ceremony of the Suri / Mursi tribe members (men only) held in Kibish and Tulgit Villages and surroundings of the Upper and Lower Omo Valley, South West Ethiopia. It is celebrated for numerous reasons as a competition between young men of different villages within the community. With protective gears to the sensitive areas (head, kness, elbows, etc), it is a regulated game where an elder man of the community with a donga stick follows up on strict adherence of the regulations - dropping the stick in between to stop the contest in case of breaking the rules. It is usually held in times after good grain harvest or other occurrences of positive impact/influence in the community.