The Mursi tribe are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group that inhabits southwestern Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, close to the border with South Sudan and in the lower Omo valley of southwestern Ethiopia, 100 km north of the Kenyan border. According to the 2007 national census, there are 7,500 Mursi,
In a very secluded area in southern Ethiopia, only a few Mursi villages are left: the women still wear large lip-dishes and the men are fierce (and feared) warriors.
The Mursi are survivors whose isolated geographic location, combined with the crises of drought, famine, war, migration, and epidemic diseases has shaped their identity. Cattle raids and civil instability between bordering ethnic groups is merely a means of survival. Every aspect of daily life revolves around cattle and crops, which set the economic standard among the Mursi. When they trade in the market, crops and cattle are exchanged as money. When a young Mursi girl reaches the age of 15 or 16, her lower lip is pierced so she can wear a lip plate.
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yquem46 (38746) 2012-05-24 2:02
Pas très souvent sur TE mais lorsque tu nous livre une série de posts comme c'est le cas ces derniers jours, ce n'est pas pour rien
Des documents ethniques d'excellente qualité en plein dans la ligne de TE de nous faire découvrir le monde
faubry (35405) 2012-05-24 2:37
Bonjour Michel, un étonnant visage, avec cet anneau au milieu de la lèvre, vraiment un très bon portrait qui nous montre les coutumes de ce pays;
joso (2417) 2012-05-24 3:38
Strong portrait on a well blurred bg, lot of details, good note,
presenting the people of a land, is sometime even more, as showing just buildings
mirosu (14988) 2012-05-24 4:01
Great portrait sharp with good details, well saturated colors in excellent light and very nice composition. The small chilf fit very well to the excellent composition. Very good separation from BG. Nicely done Michel!
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-05-24 4:58
Ola Michel ,
Brutal o retrato desta mulher com todos estas peças decorativas , bons detalhes boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Miguel82 (24725) 2012-05-24 5:19
A superb document about this tribal community
How can you live with that in your mouth?
Fine colors, light and very sharp picture
Have a nice day
dawekato (2269) 2012-05-26 9:29
Another amazing cultural portrait. I'm exstatic. I'm making you one of my favourites.
Waylim (25362) 2012-06-04 22:58
This is also one of the place I would love to visit and I think it is safe to go here.
This is yet a very wonderful portrait of the tribe, not many trib like this left in the world so rich in culture and tradition.
Excellent quality and a great double portrait of both mother and child.
- Copyright: Michel Detay (mdetay) (4865)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D3s, 70-200mm f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-24 1:52