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06-04-2010, 05:47 AM
Mursi Tribeswoman

Photograph by Jodi Cobb/National Geographic

Among the Mursi tribeswomen of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, lip plates are a source of pride and a sign of strength. When a girl is 15 or 16, her lower lip is cut and held open by a wooden plug. Over the next several months, progressively larger plugs are inserted to stretch the lip. Not all girls continue until they can wear plates of the size shown here.

06-05-2010, 04:36 AM