Uncategorized June 03, 2016 at 06:00 am

Africa’s Most Bizarre Traditions

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

Fredrick Ngugi June 03, 2016 at 06:00 am

June 03, 2016 at 06:00 am | Uncategorized

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Surma woman with big lip plate – Omo Ethiopia

Lip Plates

Also referred to as lip plugs, this tradition is very common among members of the Surma tribe of Ethiopia and South Sudan, especially those who live along the Omo River. The practice involves incising a hole in the lower lip and fitting a rounded plate inside of it. The plate is intended to stretch the lip out and is replaced with a bigger one as the lip enlarges.

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