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Suri men | by trevcole1

Suri men | by trevcole1

Africa | Young Suri boy with beautiful face painting in Kibish. Omo Valley, Ethiopia | ©Dietmar Temps

Africa | Young Suri boy with beautiful face painting in Kibish. Omo Valley, Ethiopia | ©Dietmar Temps

Masuli, Suri teenager girl, Kibish, Omo valley, Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue, via Flickr

Masuli, Suri teenager girl, Kibish, Omo valley, Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue, via Flickr

One of the most famous traditions of the Surma (collective term for Mursi and Suri tribes) are the clay lip plates inserted into their lower lip. This practise happens when women reach marriageable age. The two lower teeth are knocked out (usually by a rock) and a slit made in their lower lip in which a small wooden plug is inserted. This plug is replaced by a larger one until the lip is stretched enough to hold a clay or wooden plate

Disappearing tribes of Ethiopia: Incredible images of the Surma people

One of the most famous traditions of the Surma (collective term for Mursi and Suri tribes) are the clay lip plates inserted into their lower lip. This practise happens when women reach marriageable age. The two lower teeth are knocked out (usually by a rock) and a slit made in their lower lip in which a small wooden plug is inserted. This plug is replaced by a larger one until the lip is stretched enough to hold a clay or wooden plate

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