Every coun­try, every nation has its own con­cept of beau­ty. Ethiopia is no excep­tion. You are pro­vid­ed with a pho­to selec­tion of Ethiopi­an beau­ties.

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Entry relat­ed to place: Africa

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You prob­a­bly noticed unusu­al round objects in their mouths. So this is such a “ear­ring” (clay shard).

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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This tra­di­tion is passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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