Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Surma


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The Surma is a collective that resides in Ehtiopia, Africa and and it is made up of three tribes: the Suri, the Mursi and the Me'en. There are 186,875 people in the Surma.


What I find particularly interesting, is that, the females (and at a young age) have, according to Wikipedia, "their bottom teeth removed and their bottom lips pierced, then stretched, 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. Increasing with exposure to other cultures, however, a growing number of girls now refrain from this practice," according to Wikipedia.


Here's the full Wiki article.

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These images pulled on my heart strings. They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL people.


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Here is a YouTube video of the Suri having their stick fight, the donga.  It is very intriguing.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a look at another beautiful indigenous tribe. There is something about living in the wilderness with a community of beautiful people, raising children together, eating from the fat of the land and most of the time, being at peace and in love with one another.

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With warm regards,

Christina E. Pietrowski

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