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Photo by Dmitri Markine Photography www.dmitrimarkine.com

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.
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Mursi by ~demi2004 ( Suggested by Shadowelve and Featured by xbastex )
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DirtySeagulls Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That just can't feel good.
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:iconcrida:
Crida Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really fascinating image. I wonder how they eat like that.
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M-M-X Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Photographer

"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.

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:icont-equio:
T-equio Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
faces of our one world.

:+fav:
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:icony4why:
Y4why Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
wonderful image!
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:iconseb-photos:
Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!

You've been featured here : [link]

Thanks for sharing!
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:icondemi2004:
demi2004 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes, of course, you can share it outside of deviantart, as long as a credit is given --> ( www.dmitrimarkine.com )
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pill-boy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hope you don't mind me sahring this piece on pinterest. It's a photo with a lot of charges behind it.
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:iconisochromatia:
isochromatia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this makes me feel uncomfortable... but great art often does.
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:icondrnoplan:
DrNoPlan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Photographer
This piece tell a little story. The greyscales and the bokeh are very, very good. Congratulations for this very well deserved DD!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning.
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:iconazijaa:
Azijaa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Photographer
<3
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Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol sorry about that, I usually don't wright things that long but I guess I do when Its something im very passionate about lol!!
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:iconkoldacid:
KoldAcid Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Phew now that was long :P usually i dont read more than 2 lines
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Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh no no lol, I was actually refering to another person who was on a rant and knew nothing of what they were claiming to know!! the way I look at it is Its no different than some one over here peircing there lower lip the only difference is they make there peircing bigger ^_^ to them its beautiful! body mods is still a very big thing in human culture weather for cultural, religios or personal reasons. I have no problem with it personaly and I know its not always excepted by everyone and I dont expect it to be it just gets on my nerves when some sees something like this and freeks out claiming its mutilation and its against the will of the person who has had it done ext. when in fact its not and they actually have no idea whats going on it that particular culture. what people have to keep in mind is that everyone around the worl have different views on everything and we all dont follow one way of doing things and to think other wise just shows there ignorance, anyway thats enough of my ranting lol sorry hope you atleast found that video and interesting as I did ^_^
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:iconkoldacid:
KoldAcid Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want to apologize if i was misunderstood i just wanted to know why in these times would they still do this but then again we see people splitting their tongue and making their ears pointy the world changed body modification from necessity to fashion
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Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
right, thats why I get upset when people start ranting about stuff they don't fully understand ^_^ glad you enjoyed the movie :heart:
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:iconkoldacid:
KoldAcid Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you its really wonderful to see how people are so different yet in base are so much alike
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demi2004 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you for your support everyone. We live in a unique world and I am happy to had/have a chance to explore it
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
;)
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:iconprincessalta:
PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
;)
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, that was a brilliant way of summing it up. :D

And of course, no relation. The DD was well deserved.
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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Eh, the original idea of making yourself ugly to prevent being kidnapped is like making crappy art to keep art thieves away; sure, you get the job done, but you're still making crappy art.

(No relation here to the guy who posted this, his photography is awesome.)
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, no problem.
It think that clay-to-the-faic is a stupid idea anyway.
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CeraLuna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
I completely agree, and I appreciate the detailed response.
Many Islamic people seem disinclined to assimilate, instead preferring to have other people change in order to accommodate them.
This is not everyone, of course, but it's just something I've noticed.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well I'm happy someone could enjoy it! I'm also glad that someone could understand where I was drawing my opinion from.
Cheers to that! :w00t: and best wishes to you~
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:icontrapper96:
Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Sorry to be blunt xD Glad I cold make someone laugh anyway. :)
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm quite glad that it finally won a DD. DA staff didn't hear me when I suggested it on February 2012. :clap:
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow...
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Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For them its a beautie thing its now volitary and is not required but for the men in there tribe they think its gorgeous!! the bigger the plate the more attractive the woman is to them. if interested here is a video that explains why they do it [link]
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:icondeamonfoxgurl:
Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here watch this you might learn something! [link]
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:iconkoldacid:
KoldAcid Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've already read the description but still why would you do this people do really weird stuff
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:icondeamonfoxgurl:
Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow you are taking this picture to the extream! Its more of a butification thing now and not really what it started as, Its no different than us streatching our ears or peircing our toung or anything else we decide to do. Its what they want to do, yes its a terrible thing about the mutilation I have seen what happens to those poor girls but I think you are just blowing things WAY out of poportion. What we think is beautiful and what they think is beautiful are very different just like the woman in some african and asian countrys who wear the rings around there necks to streach them its considered beautiful so they do it! Here maybe this website will help you uderstand a little better that just beacuse a tradition started one way dose not mean that it is still Thats way now!! [link]
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Deamonfoxgurl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well its not!!
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AnnaGiladi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't be so sure. When the whole Islam craze started shortly after 9/11, there were notably 2 groups of people: blind phobics who were sure that every single Muslim is a terrorist, a wife beater, a child abuser, etc., and then the equally blind apologists who thought we should just take all the crap from all religious nuts because it's "their culture". Nobody seemed to draw a line that allowed the moderate to practice their religion, yet condemned the fanatics for infringing on the rights of others.

There recently was a debate on German TV among politicians, writers, and other intellectuals, on whether or not Islam is compatible with Western values. Some were so eager to even consider it part of German culture that they didn't even distinguish between peaceful, moderate Muslims, and fanatics like the ones you see roaring bloody murder on television. Courts of law all over Europe have already let off wife beaters, rapists, and child abusers out of "respect for their religious beliefs". This is exactly why I'm becoming more and more hostile toward immigration. You'd think they come to other countries to flee from such "culture", instead way too many bring it along.
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monte45 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
?? wow...?? How do you kiss or do you kiss??? great photo BTW and congrats on the DD
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v242 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Go here for a video on how an African tribal woman (as depicted in this image) attempts to drink a gourd filled with water with a lip plate ... and as a special bonus, you get to watch her smoke a pipe with TWO lip plates in her mouth - both upper AND lower lips):

Not for the faint of heart / queasy: [link]

;)
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v242 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
They remove the lip plate when eating / drinking.

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.

;)
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ladyvalmar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This looks horrific to do to the human body. How do they even eat just wondering. I think its one thing to have cultural beliefs and views but to self injure like this seems frightening to me.
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Kazali Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: Then you're in the clear, bud.
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very painfully.
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Not in uncultivated Africa.
The closest thing they have is a hammer and a witch doctor.
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:iconsaintofthedragons:
SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I just burst when I read this. :XD:
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AzulCasiMorado Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't find the words to describe how beautiful it is
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ardyliciouce Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

i like it.. ^^
:love: :love:
congrats on DD..
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Capt-Exce77ence Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
mmm...nope
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:icontrapper96:
Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
You'd need beer goggles and an eye-patch to hit that.
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Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
mai waifu
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'd hate to be a progressive.
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