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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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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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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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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
You'd need beer goggles and an eye-patch to hit that.
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I just burst when I read this. :XD:
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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Sorry to be blunt xD Glad I cold make someone laugh anyway. :)
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, no problem.
It think that clay-to-the-faic is a stupid idea anyway.
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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  Hobbyist 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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Mooki-Blaylock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
mai waifu
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xXNamaste Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really amazing photo!
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Pr0teusUnbound Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is there asprin in africa?
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not in uncultivated Africa.
The closest thing they have is a hammer and a witch doctor.
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Dubyahater Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Very cool! It's awesome to see a breastfeeding image as a DD. I dare say that woman would kick some ass if some idget told her to cover up while nursing. And that's my daily lactivist plug, folks.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yuck, that looks terribly painful and gross. All the same, nice photograph and a good look at a culture we don't often see.
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anj100 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I agree.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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alonsomm Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
awesome
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queenfade Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful to me.
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Riftress Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful picture, congrats on the DD!! I had read that they inserted the disks as a status symbol, the bigger the disk, the more gold needed to pay for the woman's hand in marriage though..
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Dimolicious Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Artisan Crafter
How do people with discs like that eat? :O
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very painfully.
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Spifmo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thats what i was just wondering....
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TRVE Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This is a really stunning picture, but on the cultural side this seems like one of those ideas that shouldn't have been executed.
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear the size of the disc depends on how much livestock/ other stuff perhaps the woman has in her dowry, and therefore her desirability as a bride.
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ElspethMorgan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
It takes a lot of skill to capture beauty and tenderness in a subject matter that many consider to be ugly. It's not my place to judge how this woman feels about the disc in her lip or whether it's 'right' or 'wrong'. It's a different culture and I'm sure that every woman feels differently about it, just as women in the United States all feel differently about their own liberation and rights to various body modifications. I don't know this woman.

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.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
It is very interesting, on how cultures and traditions evolve.

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.
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CelebrianoLorien Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
That must be painful...
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Gotta love that multi-culti style.
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veeseegoth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Can bet that some day after tatoos, piercing, earrings etc. it will become very fashionable too in London NY or Paris...
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Tainted-Peaches Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
Wonderful shot. And I'm a big fan of black and white photos. This really is National Geographic worthy.
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Dirty savages.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your comment reflects more negatively of you then of the people in the photo.
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Good.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Fail.
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Kazali Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look at you, being all progressive and whatnot.
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'd hate to be a progressive.
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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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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
;)
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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You have failed. This is clearly regressive. Supporting it wouldn't be progressive.

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