What is beauty? Have you ever thought about how extremely specific beauty perceptions are to cultures?Today I’m going to take you on a “different” kind of beauty journey.
Have you ever heard about the Mursi tribe? It may sound strange but true. A tribe residing in South Ethiopia and Sudan border live far away from the outside world. These people belonging to Mursi tribe. They live in complete isolation from the rest of world. According to reports from credible sources, the total population of these people is about 10 thousand.
Why do the females wear the lip plates?
The people of Mursi tribe still live following their old traditions. Women of the Mursi tribe wear a disc made of wood or clay in their lower lip as part of the body modification process to avoid people’s evil eye.
The lip plate carries a number of meanings. Firstly, it’s a symbol of great beauty. Secondly, it marks a commitment to the husband because it is worn with great pride when serving him food. If the husband dies, the lip plate is removed since a woman’s external beauty is said to fade after his death. Lastly, the plate is a powerful visual marker of Mursi identity. Without it, they run the risk of being mistaken for a member of another tribe.
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By: Noble Eugene