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Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue, - Ethiopia  Piercing, labret, and lip plates are a strong part of the Mursi and Surma -Suri culture.  When a woman becomes engaged (at 14 or 15),  The gap between her front lip and the flesh below is pierced and gradually stretched. The final size of the plates determines how many cattle she will receive as a dowry. 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.

Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue, - Ethiopia Piercing, labret, and lip plates are a strong part of the Mursi and Surma -Suri culture. When a woman becomes engaged (at 14 or 15), The gap between her front lip and the flesh below is pierced and gradually stretched. The final size of the plates determines how many cattle she will receive as a dowry. 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.

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