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What is a Mursi lip plate?

The lip-plate (dhebi a tugoin) has become the chief visible distinguishing characteristic of the Mursi and made them a prime attraction for tourists. A girl’s lower lip is cut, by her mother or by another woman of her settlement, when she reaches the age of 15 or 16.

Do Mursi women wear plates in their ears?

Laura du Toit (author) from South Africa on October 20, 2009: Some of the Mursi women do wear plates in their ears but it is not as common as a lip plate. Apparently the process of stretching the lip is painful but once stretched the actual wearing of the lip plate is more a nuisance when it comes to eating, drinking and talking.

What are the different types of clay lip plates?

kinds of clay lip-plates are: red (dhebi a golonya ), reddish brown (dhebi a luluma), black (dhebi a korra )and a natural clay color or ‘white’(dhebi a holla). The red lip-plates are made by placing them in hot coals and covering them with the sweet smelling bark of the g o n g u itree. The ‘white’ lip-plates are


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