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The Karo (or Kara) live on the east banks of the Omo River . Their neighbors are the Hamar, Bana, Bashada, the famous Mursi and Nyangatom (on the other side of Omo River).
The karo are considered masters of body painting, especially when a dance or celebration is coming up. Everyone paints their body…men, women and children. They use white chalk, yellow mineral rock, and black charcoal and pulverized red iron ore. The men also have some wild hairstyles and ornaments.
The scarification of a man’s chest shows that he has killed an enemy or a dangerous animal. The women have a very distinctive hair dress: they put red clay mixed with butter in their hair, so that the hair looks like a bunch of coffee beans. Ladies still use leather clothing made from animal skins. The men all use a wood headrest called Borkota to protect their hair bun, and they use it to sit too. At the end of the harvest and at times of initiation and marriage, the Karo come together to enjoy dances with a lot of local beer. These happy times often lead to marriage after the young man has successfully accomplished the bull jumping.