#DiscoverAfrica: The Surma Tribes

The Surma tribes are the Suri, Mursi and Me’en groups that inhabit the southwestern part of Ethiopia.

At a young age, to beautify themselves for marriage, most women have their bottom teeth removed and their bottom lips pierced, then stretched, so as to allow insertion of a clay lip plate.

Some women have stretched their lips so as to allow plates up to sixteen inches in diameter.

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