"Mursi woman, showing her scars" Jinka Off The Beaten Path Tip by sachara

Jinka Off The Beaten Path: 5 reviews and 5 photos

  Mursi woman
by sachara

This Mursi woman was very eager and persuasive to show the skars at her shoulder. She followed me, grabbed at my arm and even blocked my way. At the end I admitted, took my camera out of my pocket and paid her the asked one birr.

Many of the tribes in the Omo Region have marks and scars on their back. Scarification can be achieved by using a knife or razor blade. Then ash is rubbed into the wound,creating a small infection and promoting the growing of the scar. After healing the desired knobbly effect on the skin will appear. The more and thicker the scars at their arms and back, the more respected and desirable they are.

This Mursi woman didn't wear her lipplate and just hung her perforated underlip. So many women do, when there are no men or visitors around or when they eat.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2004
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