The Arbore tribe of Ethiopia is well-known for their use of traditional singing and dancing to clear negative energy from their system. The Arbore people’s popularity stems from a local legend that has been passed down from generation to generation. Though there is no evidence to support this belief system, it is folklore that has been respected for centuries by the other tribes in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.
In fact, every neighboring tribe coexists peacefully with the Arbore people because of this story. According to Atlas of Humanity, the devil once attacked the Arbore community, but the tribesmen were able to overcome the evil and survive the assault.
The Arbore priests were credited with this victory. Since then, the people and neighboring tribes have revered them and believe they possess extraordinary strength and power. If a misfortune occurs in another tribe and their priests are unable to resolve it, the elders of that ethnic group come to consult Arbore priests with gifts for a solution.
Since the Arbore tribe’s emergence in southern Ethiopia, no tribe has considered itself brave enough to attack the Arbore tribesmen or their livestock. They are thought to be descended from the Omotic language family and to have ancestral ties to the Konso people. They have a population of about 7,000 people and are divided into four villages. Arbore means “land of the bulls” in Latin.
The Arbore are traditional herders who live in Omo Valley’s low-lying areas. They place a high value on their cattle, goats, and sheep. The Woyto River, which serves as their primary source of drinking water, separates them from the other tribes.
Historically, the Arbore people served as middlemen in trade between neighboring ethnic groups. The advantage they have is due to the tribal boundaries they share with other groups. Intermarriages with other ethnic groups have also strengthened their position, giving them a cosmopolitan setting. Arbore traditions allow their men to marry up to four women, with the wives choosing a new name after marriage.
Despite their highly traditional beliefs, the Arbore are said to have been inspired by their early association with the Islamic religion. They believe that the Supreme Being created and fathered all men.
The Arbore women adore colorful beads, which they wear as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. They believe it is critical to their attractiveness. The beads distinguish them from other tribes and have become a cultural identity of Arbore women over time. The Arbore also engages in body painting, which is done with natural colors made from earth and ground stones.