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Hisses and Hums

In Ethiopia, there exist approximately 78 tribal communities. Despite the many capital distinctions among them, there is one phenomenon that inevitably reunites all the tribes: their strong mythical beliefs regarding the base of their existence. Spiritual leaders such as healer, magicians or oneirocritics represent a strong authority for one or several different tribes, from whom they savor a respectful acceptance similar, to a tribal chief's. Every leader achieved his or her status in varying ways and uses divergent techniques for their spiritual ceremonies. Their appearance and the explanations of themselves and their work, mainly seem very natural to us and a lot less hocus-pocus than the Western world imagines them to be. With this work I have tried to provide a glance on the contemporary situation within 7 different tribes on the example of 11 practicing spiritual leaders.