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Living with the Hamar - attitudes towards beer and hospitality

Living with the Hamar - attitudes towards beer and hospitality
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Key Info
  • Living with the Hamar - attitudes towards beer and hospitality
  • Duration: 02:00
  • A traditional Hamar beer is made in preparation for a cattle jumping ceremony. The beer is made by fermenting ground sorghum with water and honey and is traditionally drunk by members of the tribe from a very young age. Families taking part in the cattle jumping ceremony must ensure there will be enough beer to go around, or they risk censure. This clip was first published as part of the BBC Tribe website: bbc.co.uk/tribe/index.shtml. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    People and the Environment: Tribes

  • Keywords: Africa, alcohol, beer, Ethiopia, fermentation, Hamar, Omo, sorghum, tribe
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on cultural understanding and diversity or a study of people and their environment. Ask your learners to carry out some research on sorghum, where it is grown and the way in which it is used around the world.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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