Introduction / History
The Nyangatom are pastoralists but some that live along the Omo River are engaged in farming. Their diet consists of meat, milk, and some grain, and wild fruits. There is a single tribal language, Nyangatom, spoken by the whole tribe. However, they also speak the Daasanech language. The Nyangatom language remains a strong cultural bond which makes the Nyangatom very aware of their own distinctivness from all outsiders. They are warriors and are fierce people.
Young men between the ages of 16 and 20 undergo an initiation ceremony, which involves an animal sacrifice. This is a prerequisite for later taking of human life. The status of a warrior is determined once a man has killed his first enemy, an event he will mark by notching a scar on his right shoulder or chest. After his first killing, he begins carrying a weapon. (Source: foto_morgana)
His clan sponsor gives him a spear and other weapons, a stool that serves as a headrest, and a pair of sandals. The Nyangatom are polygamous. The begetting of children and the increase in herds, goats, sheep, cattle, camels are highly valued in Nyangatom life.
The Nyangatom are followers of ethnic religion. Only a small number have converted to Christ.
Text source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab