Mursi People

The Mursi live between their dry and wet season range on the tama plains, north of Mago Park in the Omo river region of south –west Ethiopia. They care for livestock and plant some crops. The men practice light scarification on their shoulders after killing an enemy, and shave geometric Patterns on their head. During dance and ceremonies they adorn literally every part of their body with white chalk paint. Young unmarried men practice group stick fights. The winner is carried on top of poles to girls waiting beside the arenas, who decide among themselves which of them will ask his hand in marriage.


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