Whenever I come across pictures of this people online, I get fascinated and wonder if they are real, like! can this be real? Or is it just an illustration, So it made me do some research and i found out they are natives of Ethiopia and are called The Mursi (or as Munas which they refer to themselves) they are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group in Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, close to the border of South Sudan. According to the 2007national census, there are 7,500 Mursi, 448 of whom live in urban areas; of the, it is Surrounded by mountains between the Omo River and its tributary the Mago. The home of the Mursi is one of the most isolated regions of the country. Their neighbors include the Aari, the Banna, the Bodi, the Karo, the Kwegu, the Nyangatom and theSuri. They are grouped together with the Me'en and Suri by the Ethiopian government under the name Surma.The Mursi speak the Mursi language as a mother tongue.It is classified as Surmic, which is a branch of the Nilo-Saharanlanguage family.
Now Like many agro-pastoralists in East Africa, the Mursi experience a force greater than themselves, which they call "Tumwi" this Tumwi is their god, which is usually located in the Sky, although sometimes Tumwi manifests or show itself as a thing of the sky (a hi a tumwin), such as a rainbow or a bird. The principal religious and ritual office in the society is that of the Kômoru, kômoru is the Priest or Shaman. This is an inherited office. The Kômoru makes sure of the well-being of the group as a whole and acts as a means of communication between the community and the god (Tumwi), especially when it is threatened by such events as drought, crop pests and disease. His role is characterized by the performance of public rituals to bring rain, to protect men, cattle and crops from disease, and to ward off threatened attacks from other tribes. Ideally, in order to preserve this link between the people and the Tumwi, the Kômoru is not allowed to leave Mursiland or even his local group (bhuran). Life cycle The Mursi undergo various rites of passage, educational or disciplinary processes.Lip plates are a well known aspect of the Mursi and Surma, who are probably the last groups in Africa amongst whom it is still the norm for women to wear large pottery, wooden discs, or ‘plates,’ in their lower lips. Girls' lips are pierced at the age of 15 or 16.
Occasionally lip plates are worn to a dance by unmarried women, and increasingly they are worn to attract tourists in order to earn some extra money which is quite disturbing, according to a Erica a tourist traveling blogger of "as her world turns", she says these female kids at the age of 15 are made to wear this lip plates, their front teeth are broken to create passage, their mouth cut open, the male don't go through this, it's a circle that is now affliated with monetary no longer culture.
Ceremonial duelling (thagine), a form of ritualised male violence, is a highly valued and popular activity of Mursi men, especially unmarried men, you know like those spartan sort of fight where one dies, and a key marker of Mursi identity. Age sets are an important political feature, where men are formed into named "age sets" and pass through a number of "age grades" during the course of their lives; married women have the same age grade status as their husbands.