The custom of wearing a lip plate is linked to the female’s fertility and eligibility for marriage. When a Mursi girl reaches puberty (around age 15 to 16) she will have her lip cut by a female member of the tribe and a small wooden stick is inserted.
One of the most unusual, most aggressive tribe in the world is tribe Mursi living in a hard region of Ethiopia. “It’s better to die than live without killing” is the motto of Mursi men who in fact are all warriors.
It was a lesson to be learned! We were not the only farangi in the village so we were not attacked fiercely by the Mursi tribe when we got off the car; they are known to be very aggressive due to the drinking problems. And almost all the man has in possession a Kalashnikov; for the animals of course!
Yes! Its absolutely hurt when cutting and piercing the lip, but moderately painful after the healing of the wound or during wearing the plate because lip will take elasticity. Once the cut is made, a stick is inserted to enlarge the hole, and it hurts over time, and as the lip will take elasticity.
A tribe residing in South Ethiopia and Sudan border live far away from the outside world and often kill people. The people belonging to Mursi tribe live in South Ethiopia and Oman Valley of Sudan border.
In Africa, more precisely Ethiopia and tribes of the Mursi, Chai and Tirma, lip stretching or lip – plates (dhebi a tugoin) is seen as beautiful, denoting female maturity. Researchers claim that the lip plate worn by Mursi women is best seen as an expression of social adulthood and reproductive potential.
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Mursi (also Dama, Merdu, Meritu, Murzi, Murzu ) is a Surmic language spoken by the Mursi people, in the central Omo region of southwest Ethiopia. It is similar to Suri, spoken in most of the immediately surrounding area.
There are no major health issues that come from stretching one’s lip out so much. There is a major side effect to wearing one though. Once the lip is stretched, it will never shrink. So as well as being considered a form of body art, it is also a way of disfiguring the body.
Mursi women are famous for their wooden lip plates – a symbol of beauty and identity. A girl’s lower lip is cut (sometimes by her mother) when she reaches 15 or 16, and held open by a sodden plug until it heals. It’s up to the girls how far they want the lip to be stretched. Firstly, it’s a symbol of great beauty.