Mursi Women

Lily Habesha
Posted March 26, 2018 from Ethiopia
These women should not suffer for the sake of keeping traditions
Why all tradition harms women?

Ethiopia is a majestical country. The landscape there is mind blowing and what is astonishing is the richness of culture. The variety of religions and tribes gave this country a unique identity which is extremely hard to find it elsewhere.

This portrait series was taking during my last trip to Southern Ethiopia, specifically Omo Valley. These people are from 3 different tribes who have totally different culture. Each tribe has its own characteristics in terms of lifestyle, language, clothing, and rituals. What is unique about these tribes is the art of decoration they do. It reflects beauty and uniqueness of personality.

 

Some of The traditions Changes or hurts women as I see it. Like the Mursi women fix a clay to extend the sizes of their lips. I don’t encourage this as a woman and as an Ethiopian. Women should not suffer in the name of keeping the traditional rules.

 

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OakTrillium
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Yes! It's time we create our own culture that honours and respects our precious bodies!

Jill Langhus
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

OMG. I'm so in awe of this photo, especially if I manage to forget that's actually someone's lip:-( Eeeek! It's definitely very unique and beautiful. I would love to know more about their lifestyles, clothing and rituals and how they all vary, too, for that matter. How likely is it that these women would speak up to stop this painful tradition?

Olutosin
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Oh my sister, I cant imagine the pain. Ouch.

Bettina Amendi
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 18, 2019

Hi Lily,Culture is the way of life of a people.Their mode and code of dressing,some tend to be so weird but thats what makes them unique.The idea of extending lips is just one of them that would make you run mad and the person who came up with such an idea.