Portrait of a Karo tribesman with facial decoration imitating the spotted plumage of the guinea fowl, Omo River, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia, Africa by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

Portrait of a Karo tribesman with facial decoration imitating the spotted plumage of the guinea fowl, Omo River, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia, Africa

Karo Tribesman, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia, Africa. The peoples of the Lower Omo Valley are considered to be among the most facinating on the African continent. The Karo are thought to number just 1500 people, inhabiting the eastern bank of the Omo. The Karo are masters of body painting, in which they engage when preparing for a dance, feast or celebration. Most famously, chalk is used to imitate the spotted plumage of the guinea fowl. The practice of body painting and scarification developed among the Karo is among the most ornate and extravagant seen anywhere in the world.
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