"Turmi, village of the Hamer people" Turmi by sachara

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We stayed for three days in Turmi, the maintown of the Hamer. It was an easygoing town. We visited the market and the primary school. And were invited for dinner at the compound of a local Hamer family.

The Hamer people are known for their remarkable hairstyles. The women rub a mixture of ochre, water and butter in their hair, creating coppery-coloured tresses, known as goscha. The women wear torques and bead necklaces around their neck and goatskin skirts, decorated with kaurishells.

At the monday market in Turmi the Hamer people from the small villages around come to the marketsquare to sell their vegetables, sorghum, millet, spices, butter and milk. In Dimeka, a village north of Turmi is a market at tuesday and saturday

  • Last visit to Turmi: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Thanks for your interesting story about this farway village, Ali!...It is always pleasant to read your travel stories about African places...

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Dec 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      In Turmi I had the feeling to be deep in the hidden Africa. So fascinating, like in the book 'African Ceremonies', one of my favourites. I met once the two photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. They worked 10 years to compose this book.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    This sounded like a real adventure! Interesting reading, and I really enjoyed seeing the photo's of the hair styles, jewellery, cooking, market, and your accommodation.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Apreciate a "traveller's " visit to a 'DESTINATION" with unique featrues;-)))

  • himynameisaulia's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    That's cool..do u have any other picture of the local custom?

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Hi Sachara, I am really happy to see such kind of villages after long time. Obviously village means there is no bus facility.. But now time has changed. Only some villages doesn't have the bus facility... not for all villages..

  • zanzooni's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Awesome photos of the women of Turmi. Loved the travelogue about them. ~

  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Super page! Super pix! :) "Coffee ..." is the best!

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Wow, this is such a great experience one can have. Fantastic photos.

  • diver-x's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    What a wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing your tips and fabulous photos of this lovely place and people!

  • missmarianne's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2008 at 6:58 AM

    they value education despite that condition


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