Africa is a continent best known and recognized for its rich culture and abundance of natural mineral resources. Although western culture has been of late the new trend in most part of Africa in terms of how we dress among others it’s very important to preserve our rich heritage.
In Ethiopia, the Mursi are a Surmic ethnic group known to be residents of the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations and People’s Region, near the South Sudanese border.
The Mursi homeland is one of the country’s most remote areas, surrounded by mountains between the Omo River and its tributary, the Mago.
The Mursi undergo various rites of passage, educational or disciplinary processes. A well-known characteristic of the Mursi is the use of lip plates who are probably the last groups in Africa amongst whom it is still the norm for women to wear large pottery, wooden discs, or plates in their lower lips.
Girls lips are pierced at the age of 15 or 16. I know someone might say this is too much but that’s their culture and we don’t have the right to judge them.
According to historians unmarried women occasionally wear lip plates to dances, and they are increasingly being worn to draw visitors in order to make extra money.