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What should we know about Ethiopian naked fighting ritual?

What is the best way to find a wife? There are a lot of variants. But one of the most unusual is a naked fighting ritual in Ethiopia. Read more to get interested.

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That’s one way to find a wife! Imagine the tribesmen in Ethiopia taking part in the dangerous naked fighting ritual.

Members of the Suri tribe are involved in the 'Donga,' or naked stick fighting ritual to impress a mate.

It is very dangerous for fighters wearing little or no clothing or protection. The naked fighting can result in bloodshed - and even death.

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The tribe's way of life is under threat with new pressures on the Omo river, especially following the completion of the Gibe III dam - Africa's third largest hydroelectric plants.

It takes place in southern Ethiopia. The members of the Suri tribe involved in a fighting ritual, at a time when their way of life is under threat.

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Fighting rules

Warriors are seen participating in the 'Donga,' or naked 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.

The clashes are usually between two villages, with fighters taking it in turns to face each other.

Large crowds gather to watch as the Ethiopian naked fighting.

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Official view

The Ethiopian government passed laws in 1994 banning naked stick fighting, but the tradition nevertheless lives on.

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

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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.

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Um.... why is your article trying to make these* naked folks seem as though they are typical Ethiopians? The country is so diverse in dress and culture that trying to make one tribe represent a multitude of different people and their many types of living conditions testifies to insufficient information. Stop making Africa look like some jungle for your entertainment and self-gratification of thinking your above them please!

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Answered 7 months ago.

Um.... why is your article trying to make this naked folks seem as though they are typical Ethiopians? The country is so diverse in dress and culture that trying to make one tribe represent a multitude of different people and their many types of living conditions testifies to insufficient information. Stop making Africa look like some jungle for your entertainment and self-gratification of thinking your above them please!

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Answered 7 months ago.
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