They are in the tens of thousands and dwell in the Mago National Park. Along the Omo River's banks, they keep livestock and plant crops. Instead of being migratory, the Mursi are stationary. Mouth plates are a prevalent feature among this tribe's women.
Mursi women nowadays pierce the mouth of all 15-16-year-old girls and insert a little wooden rod. The gap is extended up, and clay, rather than the wooden stick, is inserted within.
The traditional practice is for women to be purchased in return for cattle. The larger the clay plate, the more cattle the girl's father will be able to obtain. A female has been traded for up to 100 animals in some situations.
Applying the lip-plate isn't just a method to lure foreign visitors, but it is also a unique indication of the Mursi culture; those who do not apply the lip-plate are labelled "Karkarre" or "lazy."
Wearing the lip-plate is very unfair; a married lady is made to wear it, even though it is unpleasant and hefty, during rites, festivities, dances, competitive donga, or when using food. This tribe's members are also noted for donning animal horns.
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