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Le photographe Vicente Pamparo est allé à la rencontre du peuple Karo (Éthiopie). Il y a vu des hommes et des femmes qui parent leurs corps de craie et d’ocre… Que ce soit pour séduire, ou encore faire peur, en tout cas se donner confiance. De délicats motifs ornent les corps des hommes et des femmes, et les singularise.

Insight: Photographer Vicente Pamparo visited the tribe to capture their way of life on the river bank
Les enfants se peignent aussi le corps, pour s’identifier au clan notamment.

Men, women and children from the Karo in Ethiopia paint their faces and bodies with white chalk
They also adorn themselves in colourful beads
Face mask: The markings are an important part of festivities and ceremonies within the tribe
For the men, the body paint is meant to make them look more attractive and courageous
Red ochre is used to colour their hair
The men carry weapons to guard their cattle
Weapons also enhance their status
Welcoming: Vicente found the tribe to be welcoming and generous during his stay
The Karo people decorate their face and bodies to celebrate important festivities and for purely aesthetic reasons
Piercings and self-inflicted scars are also common ways to enhance their appearance

Au-delà des peintures corporelles, les Karo pratiquent la scarification et les piercings. Ceci symbolise leur courage.

The tribe raise their own goats
When it comes to clothing, the Karo look is minimal. The men, woman and children usually just wear a loin skincloth

Le peuple Karo compte environ 1000 individus, qui vivent d’agriculture, de pêche, et d’élevage de chèvres.
At one with nature: The people rely on the land around them to survive