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2.0 out of 5 stars My review, 15 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley: WITH Custom and Ceremony AND Face and Body Decoration v. 1-2 (Hardcover)
I was rather disappointed with the book. There are two quite hefty volumes, very nicely bound and presented in a cardboard box. While the first edition has some photographs of actual ceremonies such as donga fighting and bull jumping, the second (and in my opinion, unnecessary) volume simply has a number of photographs of tribesmen's painted faces. Visually, these photographs are very good, but having been to the Omo Valley, I do not believe they are at all representrative of the tribes. I get the impression that the photographer has been content to simply photographs someone who has applied some face paint despite it having no tribal significance. Today, some tribesmen will do anything to get photographed for money and will add various non-tradtional embelishments to attract attention. Photographing such people and touting them as typical Omo inhabitants is not particularly ethical.

My second criticism of the books is that there is no descriptions of the photographs. Usually, books such as this have a few pages at the end, at least listing which tribe each person belongs to. Apart from a few paragraphs at the start which are not particularly descriptive, there is no writing at all.

In terms of the very high cost of this book, it does not represent good value for money at all.
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