The Tsamay live in the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. There are about 10,000 people and is part of the Cushitic family Lowlands is.
As in the Hamer people , young men Tsamay must participate in the initiatory rite jump bulls , which marks their entry into adulthood. During the ceremony , they will run on the back of several bulls aligned. If they pass the course four times , they will be adorned with a headband adorned with feathers, carried in triumph by their elders and will now have the right to marry .
The Tsamay have no custom that focuses on girls virginity until their wedding day , but their culture is strictly forbidden to get pregnant outside of marriage . Unlike most Ethiopian tribes, Tsamay practice arranged marriages. They are the parents of the young woman who choose who she will marry , with or without her consent. Even if the marriage is arranged , the man must still afford to pay the dowry of his future wife . It can pay with livestock , honey , grains or beans. Except for their honeymoon , couples Tsamay never take their meals together .
The traditional women’s costume consists of a leather outfit and pearls. The leather apron of married women and broad and can cover both sides of the legs. Tsamay women who are not married to wear a short skirt with a matching leather apron V shape that covers the back of the legs .