''Kel'' fat men contest of the Bodi tribe
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The traditional fat man contest, is part of the Bodi Tribe new year celebrations called the ''Kel''. During the Kel, young men from Bodi villages who were drinking cow blood and milk every morning, some of them almost doubled their weights, are ready for the competition. On competition day, they arrive to the Bodi King village and after the dance they are measured by the elders who decide who is the winner and the fattest. The fat is a symbol of prosperity and wealth for the Bodi people. The fattening process does not happen every year but only on rainy years, in which there is enough water so the cattle get good food and can give enough blood and milk to the Bodi people.