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6 Reasons Why The Mursi Are Ethiopia’s Most Captiviating Tribe

Living in one of the most isolated regions of Ethiopia, the Mursi tribe in the beautiful Omo Valley, are one of the most fascinating tribes in Africa. Although they have suffered in recent years from extreme drought, which has made herding and cultivation difficult, they still adhere to their traditional and unique culture.

Mursi tribe in Ethiopia

Here are six facts about the Mursi that make a visit to the tribe with Jenman Safaris so fascinating:

1. The Mursi tribe are one of the last remaining tribes in Africa to still wear traditional dress and accessories.

traditional dress and accessories

2. The women are famous for their unique headdresses.


Mursi women are famous for their unique headdressTraditional Mursi woman

3. The Mursi women also wear clay or wooden plates in their lower lips or earlobes. These are to mark traditional rites of passages including those for educational and disciplinary purposes. They start wearing them when they are around 15 to 16 years old.

Women wear clay plate through lower lip and earlobesMursi tribe in Omo Valley maintain traditional dress

4. A popular activity with men is the stick fighting ceremony, which is a form of ritualised violence.

5. The Mursi tribe maintain an ancient way of bartering and sharing goods with other tribe members.

6. The Mursi is a Nilo-Saharan language. It is similar to Suri, spoken in most of the immediately surrounding area.

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