One thing that unites people all over the world and distinguishes us from one another is our culture and heritage. While this varies from country to country, the northern and southern regions of most countries are more likely to hold on to their cultural beliefs and practices than the middle and southern regions.. In this day and age of civilization, some of these cultural practices may appear strange, and one might wonder why people would want to live under the shadow of some ancient beliefs in this day and age. In this article, we will look at some cultural practices that are prevalent among the people of Southern Ethiopia, Lake Turkana, and the lower Omo Valley. The Mursi, the Suri, and the Mekan are the three cultural groups that belong to this group.
A major tourist attraction for the people of southern Ethiopia is the Lip-plate culture, also known as Dhebi a Tugoin. Some of the people participate in this tradition by inserting wooden discs or plates into their lower lips. Although the origins and purpose of this culture are unknown, it is believed that it was created in order to deform women and young girls in order to make them unattractive during the era of the slave trading.
The widening of the plates, according to another theory of scope, increases the amount of dowry a bride receives. Others believe that it is a sign that the young girl is ready for marriage. Because there are so many different historical and theoretical perspectives on this practice, each has its own angle and dimension to take into consideration.
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