16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Chief whipper during the ceremonial face painting

During the coming-of-age ceremony of bull-jumping, the best friends of the jumper are designated as “whippers”, meaning they get to whip (oh yes!) the tribe girls before the ceremony. To distinguish them from everyone else, they have their faces painted!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 05.2018
Photo Location: Turmi, Ethiopia
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Marios Forsos