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Ethiopia. South Omo Zone. Salamago district. Muizo. Mursi tribe. Agro-pastoralist group. Nomadic. Cows brought in the afternoon to drink the little water left in the earth holes. Mursi women are known as "disk-lip" women. The bottom lip is slit along its full length and the front bottom row of teeth are pulled out to accomodate the ceramic disk  which is handmade with a rim around which the stretched lip is pulled. The disk is seen as a symbol of beauty and wealth, and often the younger girls will pierce and strech their ear-lobes, inserting a matching disk in the extended lobe. The Mursi tribe is located in the Debub Omo Zone (South Omo Zone) of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples's région. © 2001 Didier Ruef