Our world is full of different tribes and sections and religions and what not. And each of these tribes or anything as such has a unique or set of unique customs of their own. The internet is full of these things. And the very same thing goes for the tribes of Mursi, Chai, and Tirma of Africa. These African tribes have this bizarre custom in which the African women belonging to these tribes have to wear traditional lip plates in their lower lips. It is said that the tribe leaders used to do this to make their young girls less attractive for the slave traders. Take a look at the images below.
1. This custom of having traditional lip plates also act as a sign of social maturity.
2. Using these plates, people can know that those African women have reached a reproductive age and now, can be married off.
3. The traditional lip plates which these African women wear is also known as Dhebi or Tugoin.
4. These lip plates are one of the basic characteristics of the Mursi tribe.
5. It’s even said that if a woman’s lip plate is large, the bride’s father can demand a huge number of cows is his daughter’s dowry.
6. The process of making the African women wear the traditional lip plates start when they reach the age of 15 or 16.
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