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Mursi by demi2004 Mursi by demi2004
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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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning.
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Azijaa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Photographer
<3
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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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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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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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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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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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