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Mursi tribe Lady with traditional lip plate by anthony pappone - Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The Mursi tribe are an African tribe from the isolated Omo valley in Southern Ethiopia near the border with Sudan. There are an estimated 10,000 people in the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are sedentary rather than nomadic. The Mursi have their own language called Mursi, which is classified as one of the Surmic languages. The Mursi have a reputation for being one of the more aggressive African tribes and are famous for their stick fighting ceremony donga.

LIP PLATE - body modification extraordinnaire Although there are many independent cultures who have at some point donned lip plates, there is only one remaining tribe that still actively practices lip stretching: the Mursi tribe in Ethiopia.

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