Every year, the competition takes place in the deep south of Ethiopia
There are a lot of competitions underway around the world – but none quite like the one in Ethiopia.
There, in a remote valley, tribesmen are competiting to see who can put on the most weight over the next six months.
Oh, and they’re only allowed to live off of a diet of fresh goats milk and blood. Yes – blood.
For half a year, male members of the Bodi tribe are not allowed to leave their hut.
And they’re banned from having sex too.
The tribe live in the remote area of Omo valley
For six months the men from the tribe will feed themselves with only fresh milk and blood from the cows
They will not be allowed to have sex or to leave their hut
The women must bring them milk every morning in pots or bamboo
The first bowl of blood is between one and two litres
On the day they reveal themselves, the men cover their bodies with clay and ashes (Picture: Eric Lafforgue/ Exclusivepix Media)
The men prepare to enter their huts
Over the six month period, the tribe’s women and girls must deliver milk and blood to the men in pot or bamboos.
Photographer Eric Lafforgue, who took the pictures, said: ‘The cows are sacred to the Bodi tribe so they are not killed.
‘The blood is taken by making a hole in a vein with a spear or an axe, and after that, they close it with clay.’
The competition forms part of the Ka’el ritual, held to mark the new year.
They get the blood from the cows
The cows are sacred in Bodi tribe, so they are not killed
The place is invaded by flies.
This tribesman asked the photographer for a ride in his car because he could not walk with all his extra weight
They spend hours under the sun running around a sacred tree
One man wore a headdress made of ostrich feathers
Each family is able to chose one unmarried man for the contest.
He must not move from his hut until it is over.
The prize? Pride.
Becoming a fat man is allegedly the dream of every Bodi child
The ceremony ends with the sacrifice of a cow. They kill it with a sacred stone.
The Bodi girls are attracted to the men
The men cover themselves in ashes before leaving their hut
Oh, and apparently the women in the tribe find the large waistline extremely attractive.
Lattorgue added: ‘The fat men drink milk and blood all day long. The first bowl of blood is drunk at sunrise. He must drink it quickly before it coagulates but some cannot drink everything and vomit it.’
After six months, each of the men cover themselves in clay and ashes before emerging from their hut for the first time.