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The South Sudanese tribe who use cows as currency, drink straight from the udder and even SHOWER under the animals… but never eat them

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A boy squirts milk into his mouth straight from a cow’s udder and another lovingly caresses a bull’s horn – meet the cattle-revering Mundari tribe of South Sudan.

Photographer Mario Gerth, 42, captured their daily lives in this spectacular set of images after spending three months living among them.

The nomadic tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of the country along the Nile river and use cattle as currency.

Their lives are so intimately entwined with their cattle they even shower under the animals’ urine because they believe it protects them against infections. 

In one photograph, a boy can be seen blowing air up a cow’s bottom to stimulate milk production.

But incredibly, they never eat their flesh and their diet consists mainly of milk and yoghurt. 

Mario, from Germany, said: ‘The Mundari do not see the difference between man and cow. They eat, sleep, and walk together.  The cows are everything to them – currency, food, and pride.’ 

A Mundari tribesman caresses the gigantic horns of a bull in the South Sudan region of Sahel

A child of the Mundari tribe drinks milk straight from a cow's udder showing his incredible intimacy with his cattle

A child of the Mundari tribe drinks milk straight from a cow’s udder showing his incredible intimacy with his cattle

A child blows air into a cow's bottom to stimulate milk production, showing the close intimacy the tribe have with their cattle

A child blows air into a cow’s bottom to stimulate milk production, showing the close intimacy the tribe have with their cattle

A boy is pictured blowing on an instrument made from the horn of a bull in the Sudanese Mundari tribe along the Nile

A boy is pictured blowing on an instrument made from the horn of a bull in the Sudanese Mundari tribe along the Nile

A couple stroll hand-in-hand through a herd of cattle in South Sudan where the Mundari tribe use cows as currency

A couple stroll hand-in-hand through a herd of cattle in South Sudan where the Mundari tribe use cows as currency

A Mundari tribesman washes himself under a cow's urine in South Sudan where human lives are intimately linked with cattle

A Mundari tribesman washes himself under a cow’s urine in South Sudan where human lives are intimately linked with cattle 

A woman from the Mundari tribe caresses a horn in South Sudan where cattle are revered and never eaten

A woman from the Mundari tribe caresses a horn in South Sudan where cattle are revered and never eaten

A Mundari tribesman

A tribesman sports a traditional Mundari multi-coloured corset

Mundari tribesmen from South Sudan with face paint and one with a traditional multi-coloured string corset (right)

The nomadic Mundari tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river with their cattle

The nomadic Mundari tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river with their cattle

A tribesman sports a traditional Mundari multi-coloured string corset in the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river

A tribesman sports a traditional Mundari multi-coloured string corset in the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river

The nomadic Mundari tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river with their cattle

The nomadic Mundari tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of South Sudan along the Nile river with their cattle

A child of the Mundari tribe

A Mundari tribesman wipes dried cattle dung on his face to keep away mosquitoes

Mundari boys have scars cut into their foreheads as a symbol of community (left) and rub dry cattle dung on their faces to keep away mosquitoes

A Mundari tribesman pictured lying among his cattle in South Sudan where cows are used as currency but never eaten

A Mundari tribesman pictured lying among his cattle in South Sudan where cows are used as currency but never eaten

A Mundari tribesman shows off his scars

A Mundari tribesman shows off his scars

Mundari boys have scars cut into their foreheads with sharp blades when they are children as a symbol of community

A Mundari tribesman walks among his cattle. The nomadic tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of the country along the Nile river.

A Mundari tribesman walks among his cattle. The nomadic tribe wander the plains of the Sahel region of the country along the Nile river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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