Every country, every nation has its own concept of beauty. Ethiopia is no exception. You are provided with a photo selection of Ethiopian beauties.
You probably noticed unusual round objects in their mouths. So this is such a “earring” (clay shard).
The unique “decoration” of the face they use is quite unusual, even for wild people. The fact is that even at a young age, their girls are cut through the lower lip, and they begin to insert wooden logs there, of an increasingly large diameter.
For several years, the hole in the lip gradually increases more and more. On the day of the wedding, a “plate” of baked clay, called a debi, is inserted into it, the purpose of which will be discussed later. The diameter of such a vessel in the lip can reach 30 centimeters, exceeding the diameter of the head itself! True, the tradition of wearing plates did not come from beauty at all, rather the opposite …
When the Ethiopians were captured, taken into slavery, they forcibly mutilated themselves so that they would not be taken. Now the size of the plate is a measure of beauty. The larger the plate, the more cattle they will give for the bride. Mursi girls always have a choice whether to make a hole in the lip or not. But for a girl without a stretched lip, they give a very small ransom.
If such a plate is pulled out, then the outer edge of the lip under the hole hangs down by 10–15 cm in the form of a kind of round tourniquet. Many Mursi do not have front teeth, so that the plate does not knock on the front teeth, and in this gap, like a rotten sting, the tip of a cracked, bleeding tongue constantly sticks out.
This tradition is passed down from generation to generation.
Their swollen bellies look exotic, on the skin of which a kind of ritual tattoo is applied, in the form of symmetrical lines, consisting of separate scars — nodules. These “tubercles” have both different sizes and various shapes: round, oval, linear. They “apply” them to themselves in a rather peculiar and creepy way. Through notches in the skin, larvae of various terrestrial and aquatic African parasitic insects are pushed under it.
They begin to develop there, but the body, entering into a fight with the aliens, encapsulates the “strangers” with its connective tissue, and they, in the end, die, leaving their graves-nodules under the skin, various in size and shape. Knowing this, the Mursi deliberately alternate the places of their introduction with each other, depending on the final “pattern” on the skin that they want to get.
Another interesting fact is their very specific smell. You might think that they just rarely wash themselves, but then it turns out that they rub themselves on purpose, as a protection against all sorts of parasites.