Bodi Tribe of Ethiopia | Omo Valley Tribes | Omo Valley Tours

The Bodi tribe is predominantly pastoral, living directly north of the Mursi, with whom they share much of their way of life. Except for limited agricultural activity around the Omo River, the Bodi tribe depend entirely on animal husbandry. Their culture is very much based on cattle. Like the Mursi, the Bodi’s classification of cattle is complex, with over 80 words used to denote different colors and hide patterns. They migrate with their cattle, constructing temporary camps to prevent overgrazing of the land, and they also practice slash-and-burn techniques to grow new grasses. When a child is born, livestock is bestowed upon him; the father will usually present him with an ox and a cow.