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The Mursi

The Mursi

Ethiopia Holidays - Mursi woman with lip plate

From your base at Jinka you will visit the villages of South Omo where the Mursi tribe live.  The Mursi are the most celebrated of the tribes in this region, a group of pastoralists who are particularly well known for the wooden or clay lip plates which are worn by the women from about the age of 20.  The Mursi are one of the last tribes in Africa to follow this traditional practice.  Some visitors find it disturbing, and it is believed by some anthropologists that the tradition might well have disappeared had not tourism grown in recent years, providing a source of revenue for tribes.  If you do not wish to visit these villages, we can adjust your itinerary accordingly.