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CRAZY! Meet The Bodi People Of Ethiopia Who Drinks Blood And Milk To Compete For Who’s The Fattest.
In Ethiopia’s Bodi or Me’en tribe, bigger is always better. The Bodi tribe is located in a remote corner of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. It is home to an unusual ritual that sees young men consume a diet of cow’s blood and milk in order to be crowned the fattest man.
Six months after the competition starts, the men emerge to show off their new chubby bodies and for a winner to be chosen. The champion fat man is then crowned as a hero for the rest of his life.
According to French photographer Eric Lafforgue, it is said that every child wants to become one of the fat men who are seen as elites in the Bodi society.
The feat begins six months before the Ka’el ceremony when participants retire to their huts where they stay, while the women bring them food.
Each competitor is nominated by his family who then spend the next six months helping him to fatten up on a diet of cow’s blood and milk.
On the day of the competition which is known as the Ka’el ceremony, the tribe’s fat men walk for hours around a sacred tree, watched by other men and helped out by the women.
Sadly, the Ka’el ritual and the Bodi’s traditional way of life is under threat from the Ethiopian government who plan to resettle 300,000 people from all over the country on their lands.
The Bodi tribesmen gorge on blood and milk to increase their weight. They spend the six months before in small huts where they are waited on hand and foot by the women of the tribe.
The men drink the blood almost straight from the cow after the beasts are punctured with a spear. The man must drink it quickly before it coagulates and congeals.
Some men struggle to consume the entire bowl of blood as it quickly becomes swamped with flies. The competing fat men cover their bodies in clay and ashes as part of the ceremony.
They also adorn their heads with headdresses fashioned from ostriches feathers. The clay is used to whiten the skin of the competitors in an ancient tradition.
The women take care of the fat men: they give them alcohol, remove the sweat, and sing for them to keep them awake.