Insane Tribal Body Modifications

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Image: Marc Veraart

Members of the Mursi tribe, Ethiopia.

Teeth sharpening, ear elongations, lip plates, nose studs and giraffe necks – beauty truly lies in the eye of the beholder. But whatever body modifications may be in vogue now, it’s all been done before by tribals around the world, often for hundreds of years. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of piercings and other body art and see some truly amazing pictures.


Image: Beka

A Mursi woman with an elongated lip but without lip plate.

The Mursi or Murzu are a nomadic cattle herder tribe living in Ethiopia close to the Sudanese border, one of the country’s most isolated regions.

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Image: Monkeyji

Another Mursi woman with traditional headgear and lip plate.

The Mursi population is estimated at 6,000 to 10,000.

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