Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MENIT PEOPLE: UNIQUE OMOTIC PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA

The Menit people are an agriculturalist ethnic minority group of Nilotic extraction inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia, in east Omo area city of Tum and Jemu, near the Sudanese border.

                                       Menit tribe man, Omo Ethiopia

 They live closely and share friendly relations with the dizi-people. The Menit people live mostly around Tum market area and mostly as highlanders engaged in farming and also engaging in livestock keeping. The Menit people also engage in pottery making. Large quantities of clay pots are carried from their towns to the Maji market where they sell to mostly Dizi people.

                                            Unique hairstyle of Menit tribe girl,Jemu,Omo Valley,Ethiopia

Menit speak Menit language which is part of Nilo-Saharan languages. Menit people shares the same cultural similarities with Dizi people whom they Tum market with.
Menit tribe with his phallic walking stick

Menit and Surma people don't meet nor mix with each other, although they only live a few kilometers away from each other.

Menit Women have facial tribal beautification marks and their men generally spotted walking with a long and thin phallic-shaped wooden stick.
Menit tribe girl with unhealed facial tribal marks

The Menit are currently threatened and displaced by the Ethiopian government land policies. Their lands has been seized by Ethiopian government using the law of eminent domain and has sold the land to foreign interest for commercial farming and Dam project.

All photo-Source:Eric Lafforgue

AWESOME PHOTOS BY THE GREAT PHOTO-JOURNALIST, HISTORIAN, TRAVELOR AND GREAT FRIEND OF AFRICA Eric Lafforgue



Menit tribe boy from Tum carrying a clay pot to market.

Menit woman carrying her baby on her back

Menit traditional haircut

Menit tribe man in western cloths

Menit tribe girl

Menit tribe man

Menit girl holding a cow leg and salt she purchased from Tum market,Ethiopia

Menit tribe man and his son

Menit tribe girl with beautification tattoo

Menit Tribe people in a Hydromel bar, Jemu, Ethiopia

Menit woman,Tum,Ethiopia



Menit tribe girl with facial tattoo,jemu

Menit boy with facial marks

smiling Menit tribe girl

Awesome hairstyle






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