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Mursi tribe, Mago National Park, Ethiopia

 

The Kachipo are a medium sized tribal group in south-eastern South Sudan, living on the plateau east of Boma, towards the Ethiopian border, some live even in Ethiopia. They are related to both Surma and Mursi tribal groups, living in Ethiopia, with whom they share the practice of cutting the lower lip of adolescent girls in order to insert a lipplate. Unfortunately, the group I met, was heavily worked upon by missionaries, who have forbidden cutting the lip, wearing traditional clothes,... Scarifications on body and face are still done within this group, as wel by men as by women, who also have their distinctive hairdresses.

Uno de los signos que identifican a las mujeres mursi, es el plato labial que exiben con orgullo y cuyo tamaño determina la cantidad de ganado que recibirá como dote. A partir de los 15 o 16 años, se realiza un corte en el labio inferior o en el lóbulo de las orejas, insertando desde ese momento platillos de madera o de barro cada vez mayores para ir agrandando el agujero. Algunas mujeres llegan a estirar tanto el labio que consiguen lucir un plato de hasta 20 centímetros de diametro. Cuando se quitan este platillo, el labio pasa a ser un colgajo de carne muerta que deja al descubierto el hueco de los dientes incisivos inferiores que le son arrancados para que el plato asiente mejor.

"Il colore, come la musica, si serve di una scorciatoia per raggiungere i nostri sensi e suscitare le nostre emozioni..."

 

"Colour, as music, takes a shortcut to reach our senses and wake our emotions..."

 

da "COLORE. Una biografia. Tra arte, storia e chimica, la bellezza e i misteri del mondo del colore", di Philip Ball

 

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"I circa 8.000 Mursi, prevalentemente dediti alla pastorizia, si spostano secondo le stagioni all'interno del Parco Nazionale del Mago. Alcuni praticano l'agricoltura, sfruttando i terreni resi fertili dalle esondazioni del fiume. La lingua Mursi è di ceppo nilotico-sahariano.

Fra le tradizioni più note di questo popolo ci sono i dischi o piattelli labiali portati dalle donne. Questi dischi di argilla, che misurano fino a 15 cm di diametro, vengono inseriti all'interno di un'incisione praticata nel labbro inferiore. Secondo gli antropologi, questa consuetudine sarebbe nata come deterrente per i mercanti di schiavi, che cercavano donne prive di difetti estetici."

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Queste le notizie (vagamente asettiche) riportate nella guida che mi ha peraltro accompagnato fedelmente e utilmente nei miei 3.000 km off-road nell'Omo River.

L'incontro con i Mursi mi ha lasciato un'impressione indelebile: è stato davvero un salto indietro nel tempo... nonché un incontro-scontro con una popolazione ombrosa e sanguigna. A nulla è valso il (patetico) sforzo linguistico da parte mia nei giorni precedenti per imparare qualche parola nella vana speranza di provare a comunicare... Il divario è troppo forte per colmarlo nel breve spazio di una visita di qualche ora. Ad ogni modo, i volti, gli ornamenti, i colori brillanti in un sole davvero inclemente (come ben si comprende dalle ombre), non possono che arrivare dritti ai nostri sensi di viaggiatori. Basta avere sempre ben vivo il senso di bellezza e di scoperta. E l'emozione è garantita.

 

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Augurandomi una (delicata e intensa insieme) inondazione a vita di colore e musica... con tutte le emozioni implicate. Tutte.

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Nel 1980 l’Unesco ha dichiarato l’area meridionale della valle Patrimonio dell’Umanità: in nessun altro luogo del pianeta vivono così tante popolazioni diverse da un punto di vista genetico, linguistico e sociale. Qui sono stati rinvenuti i resti più antichi dell’uomo moderno, non molto differente da quello che oggi passeggia nelle città europee.

 

In 1980 the UNESCO declared the southern area of Omo valley a world heritage site. There isn't a place on the Planet in which so many different populations (from a genetic, linguistic and social point of view), live. Here we were found the oldest remains of the modern man, not really different from the one walking nowadays in European cities.

The Mursi live in Mago National Park near Jinka. They grow crops and herd cattle. The women are famous for wearing lipplates. The Mursi also have a lot of scarifications on their bodies.

 

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Surrounded by mountains between the Omo River and its tributary the Mago, the home of the Mursi is one of the most isolated regions of Ethiopia.

 

The Mursi women are famous for wearing plates (labret) in their lower lips. These lip discs are made of clay. Girls are pierced at the age of 15 or 16. The initial piercing is done as an incision of the lower lip of 1 to 2 cm length, and a simple wooden peg is inserted. After the wound has healed, which usually takes between two and three weeks, the peg is replaced with a slightly bigger one. At a diameter of about 4 cm the first lip plate made of clay is inserted. Every woman crafts her plate by herself and takes pride in including some ornamentation. The final diameter ranges from about 8 cm to over 20 cm.

 

Biwa, an esteemed Kara elder and charismatic leader, vogued this near-surreal pose during preparations for an evening communal dance in a small settlement set high on the east bank of Ethiopia's lower Omo River.

 

Adorned with finger-painted white-chalk markings and brass earrings. The ivory lip-button and clay hair bun with ostrich feather are symbolic cultural rewards for acts of bravery.

 

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Nel Villaggio dei Mursi la donna senza piattello labiale.

 

E' come entrare in un gigantesco museo etnografico vivente, unico sul pianeta, rimasto intatto per millenni grazie al totale isolamento di queste terre remote.

 

MURSI TRIBES , Omo Valley Ethiopia - The last indigenous of the world

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Biwa, an esteemed Kara elder and charismatic leader, vogued this near-surreal pose during preparations for an evening communal dance in a small settlement set high on the east bank of Ethiopia's lower Omo River.

 

Adorned with finger-painted chalk body markings and brass earrings. The ivory lip-button and clay hair bun with ostrich feather reflect a "culture of heroism" shared with other tribes in the region, one that glorifies and rewards individual acts of bravery for killing an enemy or a dangerous wild animal that threatens the settlement.

 

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On this picture, a Mursi woman, the most agressive tribe i met.

Agressive in the way that when you come to see them (after hours of 4x4 on a very bad track), they only think about the money they can get from you! The craziest thing is that they ask for a fee to park the car (20 euros!) at the entrance of the village!!

They use pigs tusks or hippo teeth as a decoration. the main problem is that they tend to use more and more things to attract photographers!

You may have seen or read books about this area by great photographers those last years, and many of the people inside are just "disguised"...

 

But at the end, those tribes really live like in the primitives times, whitout anything around apart their catle, and still fighting with other tribes to catch cows and women...

This is a daily reality in this area of the world!

 

7 000 tourists visit the mursis every year. It makes an average of 20 by day in a very big area, so it's very few.But as 70% are from Spain and pay a low fee to the tour operator, some tribes start to settle close to "hotels" or campings to get money from the photographers.

I had the chance to go in Omo valley with a guide who avoid those touristic spots.

 

The Mursi (also called Murzu) is the most popular tribe in the southwestern Ethiopia lower Omo Valley, 100 km north of Kenyan. They are estimated to 10 000 people and live in the Mago National Park, established in 1979. Due to the climate, they move twice a year between the winter and summer months. They herd cattle and grow crops along the banks of the Omo River. The Mursi are sedentary rather than nomadic. Their language belongs to the Nilo-Saharan linguistic family.Very few Mursi people speak Amharic, the official Ethiopian language. Although a small percentage of the Mursi tribe are Christians, most still practice animism. Mursi women wear giant lip plate, a sign of beauty, like in Suri tribe, and also a prime attraction for tourists which help to sustain a view of them, in guidebooks and travel articles, as an untouched people, living in one of the last wildernesses of Africa. When they are ready to marry, teenagers start to make a hole in the lower lip with a wood stick.

It will be kept for one night, and is removed to put a bigger one. This is very painful at this time. Few months after, the lip plate has its full size, and the girl is seen as beautiful by the men. The lip plate is made of wood or terracotta. They have to remove the lower incisors to let some space for the disc. Sometimes the lip is broken by the pressure of the plate. This is a big problem for the girl because men will consider her as ugly, she won't be able to marry anyone in the tribe apart the old men or the sick people. Women and men are shaved because they hate hairiness. Both like to make scarifications on their bodies. Women as a beauty sign, men after killing animals or ennemies as competition for grazing land has led to tribal conflicts.

The Mursi men have a reputation for being aggressive and are famous for their stick fighting ceremony called donga. The winner of the donga will be able to select the girl of his choice to have relations with if she agrees. Similar to the Surma tribe, the Mursi tribe commonly drink a mixture of blood and milk. Over the past few decades they and their neighbours have faced growing threats to their livelihoods cause the Ethiopian government officials have been actively evicting Mursi people from the Omo National Park, without any compensation to rent their land to foreign investors. Drought has made it difficult for many families to feed themselves by means of their traditional mix of subsistence activities. The establishment of hunting concessions has added to the pressure on scarce ressources.

 

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Among the Suri people in Ethiopia a girl's lower lip is cut when she reaches the age 15 or 16. The girl's lip is pierced by her mother or another woman of her village and a simple wooden plug is inserted. The cut is held open by the wooden plug until the wound heals. After that the plug is replaced by a bigger one. The stretching of the lip continues by inserting progressively larger plugs over a period of several months. At a diameter of about 4 cm the first lip plate made of clay can be inserted, the final diameter ranges from about 8 cm to over 20 cm.

 

Nowadays the girls in some Suri villages decide for themselves whether to wear a lip plate or not. However, wearing a lip plate is still an expression of social adulthood and self-esteem for a Suri woman and demonstrates respect for the Suri men.

 

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Uno de los signos que identifican a las mujeres mursi, es el plato labial que exiben con orgullo y cuyo tamaño determina la cantidad de ganado que recibirá como dote. A partir de los 15 o 16 años, se realiza un corte en el labio inferior o en el lóbulo de las orejas, insertando desde ese momento platillos de madera o de barro cada vez mayores para ir agrandando el agujero. Algunas mujeres llegan a estirar tanto el labio que consiguen lucir un plato de hasta 20 centímetros de diametro. Cuando se quitan este platillo, el labio pasa a ser un colgajo de carne muerta que deja al descubierto el hueco de los dientes incisivos inferiores que le son arrancados para que el plato asiente mejor.

The Mursi live in Mago National Park near Jinka. They grow crops and herd cattle. The women are famous for wearing lipplates. The Mursi also have a lot of scarifications on their bodies.

 

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She looked like a Sci Fi woman!

A Surma / Suri girl will be beautiful if she has a big lip plate, and if her body, is covered of scarifications. They do it with accacia spine and razor blades. Razor blades are the worst thing to use as it may spread diseases thru blood. The local population are no more isolated and, as some surma men start to travel in big ethiopian cities, they also can meet prostitutes...

Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Surma -Suri culture. These traditional adornments are worn by almost all the adult Suri women. When a Surma woman becomes engaged to be married, usually in her teens (around 14 or 15), she disappears from village life to live in her family hut. The gap between her front lip and the flesh below is pierced and gradually stretched. In the beginning a hole is made in the lip with a wooden stick. The strecth continues as successively bigger discs of clay or wood are accomodated by the disfigured lip. Generally the two lower front teeth are pulled (or knocked) out to aid the process. The final size of the plates determines how many cattle the woman will receive as a dowry, so the more stretched her lip the better, and the more the more cattle the woman is worth. Some women have stretched their lips so as to allow plates up to 20 centimeters in diameter. Having a lip plate is considered a sign of beauty. The origins of this tradition are unknown. Sometimes the lip is broken by the pressure of the lip plate. This is a very big problem for girl because men will consider her as ugly, she won't be able to marry anyone in the tribe apart from old men or ill people.

Although it is seen as a sign of beauty nowadays, it is said that the disfigurement began as a way to prevent slavers from seizing Suri women. Over the last few years, a growing number of young Surma women refuse to have their lip pierced. The increasing exposure and opening of the Suri to other cultures is the main reason of this trend. Indeed, some Suri teenagers have the opportunity to study in Addis Abeba, and once back in their village, they tend to try to change customs and traditions.

Mursi have also the same tradition.

 

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Uno de los signos que identifican a las mujeres mursi, es el plato labial que exiben con orgullo y cuyo tamaño determina la cantidad de ganado que recibirá como dote. A partir de los 15 o 16 años, se realiza un corte en el labio inferior o en el lóbulo de las orejas, insertando desde ese momento platillos de madera o de barro cada vez mayores para ir agrandando el agujero. Algunas mujeres llegan a estirar tanto el labio que consiguen lucir un plato de hasta 20 centímetros de diametro. Cuando se quitan este platillo, el labio pasa a ser un colgajo de carne muerta que deja al descubierto el hueco de los dientes incisivos inferiores que le son arrancados para que el plato asiente mejor.

Los bodi constituyen un pequeño grupo que lucha por no desaparecer. Se cubren con una simnle tela o piel de cabra anudada en un hombro. Adornan sus brazos y piernas con pulseras y les encanta embellecer su cuerpo con escarificaciones que, en ocasiones, también revelan información sobre la tribu o incluso sobre las hazañas del que las luce.

Many Nyangatom who have lost their cattle for one reason or another live in settlements dispersed along the western bank of the lower Omo River where they grow sorghum (a tropical drought-resistant cereal grain) for their livelihood.

 

The multiple layers of colourful glass-beaded necklaces preferred by Nyangatom women are definitive tribal signifiers and can be traced in part to the cultural influence of the Turkana, their neighbours (and enemies) living further south beyond the border with Kenya.

 

The quantity and quality of the necklaces indicate the status of the husband. A roofing nail or strand of grass often protrudes through the lower lip as added ornamentation.

 

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The Mursi live in Mago National Park near Jinka. They grow crops and herd cattle. The women are famous for wearing lipplates. The Mursi also have a lot of scarifications on their bodies.

 

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The Mursi (or Murzu) are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group that inhabits southwestern Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, close to the border with South Sudan. According to the 2007 national census, there are 7,500 Mursi, 448 of whom live in urban areas; of the total number, 92.25% live in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR).

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Many Mursi will put 'anything' on their heads to attract tourists, the first time its very overwelming to see the people like this. They mostly look or will look angry, like a warrior.

This young woman did not want a lipplate. So times are changing and now girls can refuse this very old custom. Omo Valley Nat.Park

 

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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:

www.survival.it/popoli/valleomo

these young arbore boys decorate their faces to impress others with ochre, lime and soil

ETHIOPIA, South Omo, Mago National Park, Mursi Woman with lip-plate

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:

www.survival.it/popoli/valleomo

The Mursi (or Murzu) are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group that inhabits southwestern Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, close to the border with South Sudan. According to the 2007 national census, there are 7,500 Mursi, 448 of whom live in urban areas; of the total number, 92.25% live in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR).

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My first time meeting and photographing a Suri woman. They are known for their body modification and scarification. The most extreme though is the lip plate. The bigger the plate the more beautiful they are considered. Very strange to me.

Like in all the poor countries, people walk for hours to go in the markets and sell or exchange local products. This girl was coming back from a market with some meat on her head. As cow is precious thing in Surma tribe, like in Massai, people eat meat only for special events.

As you can see, this girl wear a lip plate, a big one, which makes her a very expensive future wife.

A Surma / Suri girl will be beautiful if she has a big lip plate, and if her body, is covered of scarifications. They do it with accacia spine and razor blades. Razor blades are the worst thing to use as it may spread diseases thru blood. The local population are no more isolated and, as some surma men start to travel in big ethiopian cities, they also can meet prostitutes...

Piercing and lip plates are a strong part of the Surma -Suri culture. These traditional adornments are worn by almost all the adult Suri women. When a Surma woman becomes engaged to be married, usually in her teens (around 14 or 15), she disappears from village life to live in her family hut. The gap between her front lip and the flesh below is pierced and gradually stretched. In the beginning a hole is made in the lip with a wooden stick. The strecth continues as successively bigger discs of clay or wood are accomodated by the disfigured lip. Generally the two lower front teeth are pulled (or knocked) out to aid the process. The final size of the plates determines how many cattle the woman will receive as a dowry, so the more stretched her lip the better, and the more the more cattle the woman is worth. Some women have stretched their lips so as to allow plates up to 20 centimeters in diameter. Having a lip plate is considered a sign of beauty. The origins of this tradition are unknown. Sometimes the lip is broken by the pressure of the lip plate. This is a very big problem for girl because men will consider her as ugly, she won't be able to marry anyone in the tribe apart from old men or ill people.

Although it is seen as a sign of beauty nowadays, it is said that the disfigurement began as a way to prevent slavers from seizing Suri women. Over the last few years, a growing number of young Surma women refuse to have their lip pierced. The increasing exposure and opening of the Suri to other cultures is the main reason of this trend. Indeed, some Suri teenagers have the opportunity to study in Addis Abeba, and once back in their village, they tend to try to change customs and traditions.

Mursi have also the same tradition.

 

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To wear a lip plate, someone must pierce his or her lip, and slowly stretch the hole. Classically, the piercing has been accomplished by cutting into the lip and inserting a small peg, and allowing the piercing to fully heal before installing a slightly larger peg. Stretching a lip to accommodate a lip plate can take time, as the goal is to take advantage of natural tissue elasticity to create a very large hole in the lip which can be filled with a plate made from clay, wood, or metal. Some lip plates take the form of hollow rings, depending on the culture.

 

The size of a lip plate can vary considerably. Some are relatively small, while others can approach the size of a dinner plate. Although a number of theories about the different sizes worn have been posited, the most likely explanation has to do with the individual elasticity of the wearer. Some people are capable of stretching their lips much more than others, and all people are forced to stop stretching at a certain point.

 

Lip plates can be worn in the upper, lower, or both lips. Both men and women have historically worn lip plates, with many people crafting their own. African women in the Mursi tribe, a tribe famous for its lip plates, decorate their lip plates, turning them into complex works of art which are meant to reflect the personality of the owner. The Mursi are in fact so famous for their lip stretching that some people in the West refer to a lip plate as a Mursi.

 

Among tribal peoples, the lip plate is designed as a personal ornamentation, and sometimes the lip plate also has religious or social connotations. For example, Suri women historically started stretching for a lip plate at the time of marriage. In the Northern Hemisphere, people usually wear lip plates because they find them aesthetically appealing, or because they want to identify with tribal peoples. Some people find this practice distasteful, either because of personal aesthetics or because they dislike cultural appropriation.

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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:

www.survival.it/popoli/valleomo

The Mursi live in Mago National Park near Jinka. They grow crops and herd cattle. The women are famous for wearing lipplates. The Mursi also have a lot of scarifications on their bodies.

 

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The Nyangatom live south of Omo National park and occasionally migrate in to the lower regions of the park when water or grazing is scarce. Numbering around 6,000-7,000 in population, the Nyangatom are agro pastoralists, relying on cattle herding and floor- retreat agriculture (consisting mainly of sorghum harvesting on the Omo and kibish Rivers). The Nyangatom tend to indulge in honey and frequently smoke out beehives in the park to get the honey inside the nests. The Nyangatom are known to be great warriors and quite frequently, active warmongers, they are often at war with the neighboring tribes including the Hamer, the Karo and the Surma. Small group of Nyangatom along the Omo are specialised crocodile hunters using harpoons from a dugout canoe. The elders of both sexes wear a lower lip plug, the men’s being made from ivory and women’s made from copper filigree. Omo river,Omerate , Ethiopia, 2010.

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The Kachipo are a medium sized tribal group in south-eastern South Sudan, living on the plateau east of Boma, towards the Ethiopian border, some live even in Ethiopia. They are related to both Surma and Mursi tribal groups, living in Ethiopia, with whom they share the practice of cutting the lower lip of adolescent girls in order to insert a lipplate. Unfortunately, the group I met, was heavily worked upon by missionaries, who have forbidden cutting the lip, wearing traditional clothes,... Scarifications on body and face are still done within this group, as wel by men as by women, who also have their distinctive hairdresses.

The Mursi (or Murzu) are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group that inhabits southwestern Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, close to the border with South Sudan. According to the 2007 national census, there are 7,500 Mursi, 448 of whom live in urban areas; of the total number, 92.25% live in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR).

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Among the Suri people in Ethiopia a girl's lower lip is cut when she reaches the age 15 or 16. The girl's lip is pierced by her mother or another woman of her village and a simple wooden plug is inserted. The cut is held open by the wooden plug until the wound heals. After that the plug is replaced by a bigger one. The stretching of the lip continues by inserting progressively larger plugs over a period of several months. At a diameter of about 4 cm the first lip plate made of clay can be inserted, the final diameter ranges from about 8 cm to over 20 cm.

 

Nowadays the girls in some Suri villages decide for themselves whether to wear a lip plate or not. However, wearing a lip plate is still an expression of social adulthood and self-esteem for a Suri woman and demonstrates respect for the Suri men.

 

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Biwa, an esteemed Kara elder and charismatic leader, pauses for a moment to volunteer this near-surreal pose during preparations for an early-evening communal dance in a small settlement set high on the east bank of Ethiopia's lower Omo River.

 

Adorned with finger-painted white-chalk body markings and brass earrings. The ivory lip-button and clay hair bun with ostrich feather reflect a "culture of heroism" shared with other tribes in the region, one that glorifies and rewards individual acts of bravery for killing an enemy or a dangerous wild animal that may threaten the settlement.

 

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Uno de los signos que identifican a las mujeres mursi, es el plato labial que exiben con orgullo y cuyo tamaño determina la cantidad de ganado que recibirá como dote. A partir de los 15 o 16 años, se realiza un corte en el labio inferior o en el lóbulo de las orejas, insertando desde ese momento platillos de madera o de barro cada vez mayores para ir agrandando el agujero. Algunas mujeres llegan a estirar tanto el labio que consiguen lucir un plato de hasta 20 centímetros de diametro. Cuando se quitan este platillo, el labio pasa a ser un colgajo de carne muerta que deja al descubierto el hueco de los dientes incisivos inferiores que le son arrancados para que el plato asiente mejor.

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