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Body Art

The body art that the Mursi, and the neighbouring Suri (also known as Surma), are most famous for is their lip-plates, but they also have a rich tradition of scarification, body ornamentation and dress. Another well known aspect of Mursi body art is their body painting; however, tourists and photographers rarely see the ‘real’ body painting because the Mursi make the most of the endless car loads of visitors with cameras by ‘dressing up’ to gain more money.

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