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Lip stretching (Sudan and Ethiopia)

The people of the Surma tribe extend between southern Sudan and southwest Ethiopia.

The adolescents undergo a process of lengthening of the lips, removing the teeth below to accommodate a traditional dish, which year after year is changed to a larger one.

Some men do the same with their ears. In addition, they indoctrinate their warriors as "stick fighters", injuring themselves with long sticks. The more scars, the more attractive they are for females.

The tribe surma. Women wear pumpkin discs or clay plates embedded in their lower lips and ears, the larger the plate, and consequently the deformity of the lower lip, the greater the marital dowry, usually in cattle heads.


Some men do the same with their ears. In addition, they indoctrinate their warriors as "stick fighters", injuring themselves with long sticks. The more scars, the more attractive they are for females.


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