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2nd classified


by Alberto Del Hoyo Mora

Tulakarne is a 16-year-old young man and member of the Suri tribe from a mountain village in Ethiopia, located on the border with Sudan. He has prepared himself for “stick fighting,” an ancestral ceremony consisting of an unprotected one-on-one stick battle against young members of neighboring tribes. The fight, which can be furious and can also result in death, represents a ritual passage from youth to manhood.