Africa is a continent rich in culture, in it you can find social diversity and natural resources in each of its corners, thus destroying the idea that it is a small town with few inhabitants where everyone is the same or lives in the same way.

Therefore, today, we will talk about one of the most curious topics that can be discussed on this continent.

Join us to meet the most fascinating tribe in Ethiopia!

The Mursi

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Listed by many asthe most captivating tribe in Ethiopia, It is made up of more than 10 thousand inhabitants, living mainly in the steppes of Jinka and the mountains of Omo Park in the Central Omo region of Ethiopia. Their language, Mursi, belongs to the Nilo-Saharan languages.

The Mursi, in addition to being very photogenic, have remained faithful to their customs, giving, for example, great importance to their aesthetics, adorning them with striking and painful scarifications that are practiced, mainly, on the back and torso for each dead enemy or large animal killed.

 

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His body informs whoever sees it of the fierceness and courage of a warrior. They also paint their bodies at least twice a day with white chalk (a mixture of ash and cow urine, which serves as a repellent against mosquitoes) creating different decorations.

These paintings represent nature, flowers … for them it is a very important symbol of identity and they have it very internalized, also, some women place plates on their lips made of clay, or of wood, wearing incredible hairstyles with ornaments such as metal rings and various fabrics.

Among other ancestral customs, the Mursis maintain the Dunga tradition, a festive battle between young people with long rods, in which the warriors who achieve victory obtain the right to choose a wife and the respect of their opponents.

His organization consists of Los Jalaba (council of older men in the village) who make all the decisions, they are dedicated mainly to herding, agriculture and honey gathering.

As the last curious fact of this wonderful tribe, the Mursis believe in a superior force in the sky which they call Tumwi, this usually manifests as a thing in the sky (a bird, a rainbow, etc …)