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Though the landscape of Ethiopia is varied and fascinating, it is the people of this country that make it one of the most amazing places on Earth. Ethiopia, like most countries in Africa , is a multi-ethnic state. Although the original physical differences between the major ethnic groups have been blurred by centers of intermarriage, but, the people remain distinct and unique.

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The lower Omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, Contrasting ethnic groups including the Burne but not limited to the Karo, Geleb, Bodi, Mursi, Surma, Arbore, and the Hamer, just to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs . These designs have no special symbolic significance but are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

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The Borenal. Probably the most traditional of all ethiopia’s Oromo groups, are semi nomadic pastoralists whose lives revolve exclusively around the million or so head of cattle they own. They live to the east of the Konso on the low hot plains of the southern savannah. They work all day, year round in the long dry season just to keep their vast herds watered every three days. There is a distinctive art that goes in to calculatingt precisely the number of men needed to haul the water, and the number of cattle a well support. This could be as many as 2,500.

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To the south of konso and yabello the area is inhabited by the knoso people. Except for trading with the neighboring borena for salt or cowries shells, outside influence had, until recently, virtually passed by the konso . a pagan society, they erect wooden totems replete with phallic symbols over the graves of the dead and have numerous cults based around the breeding and veneration of serpents. The konso have adopted a complex age- grading system similar to that of the Oromo. Sacred drums, symbolizing peace and harmony, are circulated from village to village according to a fixed cycle and are beaten in rituals that mark the transition from one age – grade to the next.

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Twenty-six kilometress to the west of Arba Minch is the old village of Chencha. Picturesque houses, accompanied by the magnificent back drop of the lakes in the rift far below, give glimpses of ancient Ethiopia.

The nhabitants of tehis village are known as the dorze, one of the many small segments of the great Orneqp language grouop of southern Ethiopia. Once warriors, they have now turned to farming and weaving to earn aliving. Their success in the field of weaving has been phenomenal and the dorze name is synonymouns with the best in Woven cotton cloth. Chencha, in fact, is famous for the fine cotton gab;bis or shawls that can be bought there.

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Skodo stands on eh border between gamo Gofa, sidamo. And Kaffa-one of Ethiopia;s main coffee-growing regions, in this part of Ethiopia east of the Omo river. Hundreds of stone monoliths bear witness to the long time habitation of this area by early humans. The people who live here today have a very indigenous look. Many people have light brown complexion with traditional Ethiopian features and are typicallyshort stature.

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The Sidama people who inhabit the area around Awassa play a major role in Ethiopia’s Coffee export trade but are especially known for their beautiful beehive-shaped woven houses. Bamboo is used for the frame work, which is then covered with houses. . Bamboo is used for the framework, which is then covered with grass and enset (fake banand0 leaves as the rainy season approaches. a small front porch shades the entrance. Inside, the family utilizes the right side of the house and the livestock utilizes the left.

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About one kilometer north of Gondar limits, lays the tiny village of Wolleka, which was formerly inhabited by Judaic Ethiopians. The Bete Israel practice the ancient form of juddism, which was the dominant religion of north-western Ethiopia for thousands of years. After the coming of Christianity and its adoption as the state religion, leaders from the north-east gradually converted most of the Bele Israel.\recent research has shown that it may have been bete isra;el artisans who physically built the Gondor castles and provided any of the other artifacts that supported the Gondaring culture.

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The Oromo are divided in to six main groups and about 200 subgroups, in each of which you may find slight variations on the dominant cultural structure. The gadda system-or government by age –groups-is universal throughout the groups.

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The Tigray people who inhabit the region around the semienhighlands speak a Semitic language called Tigray, originating from Ge’ez, the ancient tongue of Ethiopia. Though they have experienced frequent and sever famine conditions, they remain hardy and resili8ent farmers wherever soil conditions permit.

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Speakers of the official tongue, Amharic, the Amhara are traditionally farmers. In rural areas, the Amhara house consists of a circular wall of thin poles stuck into the ground , with cross withes laced to them that are then plastered with mixture of mud, dung and teff straw, which is applied in layers, when it hardens, it provides a weatherproof barrier, which lasts for many years. However, many houses, especially in the mountain, are stone built . The conical thatched roof is supported by a central pole. There are small storage areas for cooking utensils, and the main area serves as sleeping and living quarters.

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