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mursi tribe man with the body painting

the Mursi tribe They are nomadic cattle herders live in the lower Omo Valley inside the mago national park near the Sudanese border. They are famous for its body decoration and ferocious culture. The Mursi women wear big clay plates in their lower lips, and the Mursi men are known for their scarification and for being fierce warriors.

The Mursi Tribe is noted for their lip plates, which are made from clay and considered a sign of beauty. Young Mursi girls are pierced at the age 15 or 16 when their lower lips are cut in such a way that the plate can be inserted and then stretched with smaller plates and followed by larger plates. The bigger the plate the more livestock can be brought into the family when she eventually marries.

the tribes is threatened by the construction of the dam gibe 3 who will make go down height of the omo river and that the government is converting the lands of the Mursi in sugar plantations.

the organization survival is trying to stop the destruction of the tribes of the Omo Valley.

here the link of the site:

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Taken on April 29, 2011