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Abstract. – This article draws attention to the Borana-Arbore ritual gift exchange in southern Ethiopia. The two groups share common resources and have institutionalized links between their ritual leaders. Ritual leaders exchange both tangible and intangible gifts, which serve as base for their political alliances and social integrations. Furthermore, the blessing of the Arbore ritual leader is believed to have a positive impact on human and animal fertility, peace, prosperity, and victory. As a result, the Borana pilgrims often visit the premise of the Arbore ritual leader. [Ethiopia, Arbore, Borana, gift exchange, qalluu, kawot, butumee]