Ethiopia’s Bodi or Me’en people adore a man with a large stomach.
This Omo Valley tribe has an interesting tradition of making their young men drink cow blood and milk and crowning the fattest man.
Six months before the competition, each family selects one unmarried man to train for the challenge.
He enters a hut where he drinks cow’s blood and milk and is forbidden from having sex while preparing for the competition.
He drinks blood quickly before it coagulates at sunrise, but this is no easy task, as many men vomit. Who wouldn’t, after all?
After six months of intense blood drinking, the men emerge and flaunt their bulging bellies, and the champion is a hero for life.
The men strut in their large bellies, covered in clay and ashes on the day of the competition.
Some men are said to be so obese that they can’t walk properly.
On the day of the contest, the men cover their bodies with clay and ashes before emerging from their huts to the location of the ceremony.
During the ceremony, men walk in circles around a sacred tree, and women cheer them up while wiping away their sweat.
A cow is slaughtered and the fattest man is chosen. He’ll have to lose the weight he’s worked so hard to gain after the ceremony. Surprisingly, every young man wishes to be crowned the fattest man.