Mursi woman with a child.Taken at their village in Ethiopia.
They cut their bottom lip at around puberty and install a clay disk. With time the size of the disk increases. It's believed the tradition started by Mursi tribe to avoid other tribes stealing their women. Basically, they tried to make them look ugly for others. Nowadays it's considered a beautification.
"they tried to make them look ugly for others"
Well, I have to admit they did a damn good job. Traveling to some parts of Africa must feel like traveling back to the stone age.
Not for the faint of heart / queasy: [link]
The lower lip just hangs loose like her earlobes do.
Kind of like having a plump earthworm attached to one's lower lip ... but stretched out.
And this is of course, a modern primitive body modification "fad" here in Western society.
i like it.. ^^
congrats on DD..
It think that clay-to-the-faic is a stupid idea anyway.
(No relation here to the guy who posted this, his photography is awesome.)
But I can say that you've captured her beautifully. To an American, it's such a fascinating mixture - a modification that I personally don't find to be attractive, a sense of balance few of us have, the strength in her arms, the indescribable expression on her face, how thoughtlessly she feeds the child, the stretched ears. She's part of an entirely different world.
It's such a stark and provocative picture. I congratulate you on the shot.
Even though I'm sure it probably looks tough to do anything with that, those women are probably used to it and have probably learned how to do everything with their mouths like that, so I wouldn't be to horribly worried about it.
I'm also amazed at the perfect balance of that pot on top of her head.