One of the most unusual tribes of the world — Mursi lives in Ethiopia. They are considered the most aggressive ethnic group. All men of this tribe have Kalashnikov’s automatons which are illegally transferred for them through the border. Besides they start to drink since the early morning, and become uncontrollable till the evening.


Those soldiers of the tribe who has not automatons or who has simply left them in the dwelling carry sticks with themselves. With the help of these sticks they prove their leadership. A man who pretends it should hammer the competitors to semi death.


This tribe, probably, belongs to mutants of the Negroid race, because it differs considerably from the usual standards of beauty by its appearance. Both men and women are cobby, big-boned and bandy-leg. Low foreheads, flat noses, short necks. Bodies are flabby with the flubbed bellies and the humped backs. There is almost no hair on their heads. That is why all women-mursi generally wear the intricate headdresses of a difficult design made of branches, rough skin, marsh mollusks, dried up fruits, dead insects, someone’s tails and some smelly carrion. Their wrinkled masticated faces with small eyes have extremely malignant and wary appearance.


One more interesting fact is their very specific smell. It is possible to think that they simply wash themselves seldom, but then you find out that they rub themselves especially as the protection against all parasites.


The unique “ornament” of the face which they use, is absolutely unusual, even for wild people. The matter is that the lower lip of this tribe’s girls is cut in an early age. They begin to put into the lip the billets of wood, every time with the bigger and bigger diameter.


The hole in a lip gradually increases during years. The “plate” of the burnt clay is put into the hole on the women’s wedding-day. This plate is named daby. The functions of this daby we’ll explain later. The diameter of such daby in a lip can reach 30 centimeters, exceeding diameter of the head! However, the tradition to wear plates has appeared not because of beauty, rather vice-versa.


When Ethiopians were captured and taken into bondage, they violently had crippled themselves, and nobody wanted to take them after that. Now the size of a plate is a beauty criterion. The more is plate, the more cattle will be given for the bride. Girls-mursi always have a choice to do the hole in a lip or not. But for the girl without the stretched lip a very small repayment is given.


If such a plate is pulled out, the external edge of a lip under the hole will be 10-15 centimeters flabbied in the form of peculiar round plait. Many mursis do not have frontal teeth for the plate doesn’t knock the teeth. And all the time bleeding chapped tip of tongue sticks out like a rotten sting.


Besides women-mursi have the other ornaments hanging on their short necks. These ornaments are not less strange and terrible than daby. It is neck-lace made of bones and human nail phalanxes. It’s named a nak. Normally the usual man has about 28 such a stones. Nom less than four or six hands were used for making such a nak. Besides, some “ladies” have several such terrifying necklaces hanging on the neck. They fatly shine and exude a luscious fetid smell — every day they rub each bone of neck-lace with the melted human fat.


Their blown up bellies look exotically. The original ritual tattoos in the form of the symmetric lines consisting of separate hems are written on their skin. These «hillock» have various sizes and forms: round, oval, linear. They are “laid on” in rather peculiar and terrible way. The larvas of various land and water African insects-parasites are pushed under the skin through the notches on it.

They start to develop there. But starting struggle against the newcomers an organism encysts “strangers” by means of its connective tissue. Eventually these larvas die leaving their various tombs under the skin. Knowing it, mursi alternate the places of their introduction specially, depending on definitive “pattern” on the skin which they wish to receive. Practically for any offence a priestess of a tribe cuts off hands of a man who has broken laws (here naks are recollected at once).


A  ccording to traditions of this mystical tribe, all its women are Priestesses of Death. First in the evening they prepare some rather easy narcotic potion in their huts by pounding the dried fruits of a special marsh nut in a powder. Then the woman put the prepared potion on the plateau-debi and approaches the narcotic mix to the lips of her husband. Both of them start to pinch it simultaneously (thus the wife puts out tongue through the hole between teeth). This part of a ritual ceremony is called «the kiss of death». By the way, the way of usual for us kiss is unknown for them.

Then the bunch of some stupefying grass which starts to let out the streams of yellowish smoke is rushed to the smoulder. The man rises by the pole of “mezzanines” and lays down over the hearth so that the sweet streams go directly to his face. He doesn’t just lay down, but he places his head on deepening of a

special small stand-pillow. This small thingummy reminds the form of the coil. It is called brkuta and it is made of wood of a secret plant which wasn’t shown us. There are bout two tens of such surprising adaptations for dream in the hut of the Supreme Priestess of a tribe called — Srek.


Srek rubs each of them with one of the numerous potions and slanders a special individual spell. As a result, every brkuta becomes the carrier of some absolutely concrete dream! It can be “film” about successful hunting, or night of love, about a tasty gluttony, or victorious fight with enemies, etc. Every evening at the instance of husband the wife brings him a wooden headrest with that vision which he wishes to see before possible death. This part of a ceremony is called «the death dream». And this name is not so casual. While the man is dreaming sweet in a dope smoke, the wife is going to give him a poison.

The Supreme Priestess of tribe prepares this deadly powder of those bottom teeth which have been pulled out from women’s mouth, drawing them on the difficult potion made of nine herbs which grow on hummocks of dead Lotagipi marshes. After a while, the woman-mursi rises to the sleeping husband and blows the deadly powder into his mouth. This part of a mystical ceremony is called «the death sting». But the passions are not finished here. Having poisoned the husbands all Priestesses of death gather in a hut of Srek and carry out the mysterious ceremony there.


The ominous ritual finishes with the action which we have named «the death roulette. Mursi called it «the death gift». The Supreme Priestess passed by all the huts of village rising to the poisoned men and putting into their mouths the saving antidote. This mix is in her necklace which decorates her difficult “hairdress”. And no one except her and God of Death, Jamda, knows: who of men of the tribe is permitted to continue life and who is not. It happened that Srek did not give someone the antidote. In such case she left the hut and drawn white cross on the plate of his wife. Such woman remained the widow during the rest of life and had the respect in a tribe as the priestess who has done her duty for all-powerful Jamda.

The bodies of such widows are located in stumps of a hollow trunk and are suspended on branches of the special trees after their natural death. Bodies of all other fellow tribesmen, both men and women, boil down. Soft tissues and broth become the meals, potions and amulets. Skeletons of fellow tribesmen serve like stones for secret ways in dangerous bogs for not to fail.


However, something that seems wild for us, it is something blessing for this tribe. Mursi — is the servant of God of Death. Their belief says that bodies of men-mursi are some kind of ritual “prison” of God Jamda in which he concludes Souls of his assistants — Death Demons in case of their disobedience. And white strips on the bodies symbolize the fetters of a flesh temporarily constraining rebellious Spirit.


The woman-priestess destroyed these physical terrestrial fetters by methodically killing flesh of men with the narcotic poison. In this way they approached an hour of clearing for higher spiritual entity pining in them. These women are the simple Spirits of Darkness who was sent here for performance of mystical ritual ceremonies and who has the right to return to their Lord — only after natural death of the received body. Kindness doesn’t excide without harm, light — without darkness, and life — without death. And each person serves one of opposite forces, executing the mission which was given him by the Creator. And we have not to judge whose way and belief is more correct. The ancient tribe mursi simply executes the duty.

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Horaayy..there are 82 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - eva - 23/07/2011 - 10:41 pm

1. this dude cant even write in English
2. most disrespectful article i have ever read. you can sense the condescending nature of the author
3. clearly a westerner who thinks he has been sent to save the world or something
4. absolute waste of my googling time!!!
5. those who claim to know jesus and call these people disgusting, do not actually know jesus then. if you did you would know we are all his children, mursi, american, kenya, ….
6. this is the most stupid, poorly investigated , poorly written article i have ever read. well done for sharing your foolishness with the rest of the world.i wish there was a competency test before one could post anything on the web. waste of time!spreading your ignorance.nkt

# 2 - Douglas - 24/07/2011 - 6:46 pm

HAHAHAHA,yes, now i know somethings,i really love all those comments from best friends,im still want to post this one gain,WHITE PEOPLE WE ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE,but i will join them to trying to kill one of them next time. and cut the penis/breast for trophies.PLEASEJOIN US to play this new pratice. Do not worry for the cost i will pay you to fly over there. Douglas

# 3 - Douglas - 31/07/2011 - 8:14 pm

I am believing in two world the bullshit man/black horse man, things trying to fix some things from the terrible mursi tribe. i blieve in nature and God. if i believe in God i will not insult friends because God will judge me forever. if i believe in the nature i respect the nature we all are nature but bullshit man want to start war. i am committed that to encourage those people to make worse things to westerners to follow those written above i will print all those things and translate to them. to kill white people because we going to them not they come to us, so they have right to kill any white man like us. why not do this. and cut white tails and big fat bally of white, to do the things as we describe above. i will be really excite to hear the news, because us (the white people if some thing happen to us like the kidnapping) the news go all over the world. i print out this artical.the tribes revenge is killing and they don’t know about national and international law. i am agree with,
today i have narrow mind. melinda,Jez Sagaris
“Mutants of the negroid race” and “Their wrinkled masticated faces with small eyes have extremely malignant and wary appearance”. What is the terrible truth of the tribe? That they have lip plates? You must be kidding, this is none other than DISrespectful and insulting. You should be careful of writing in English as a second language…seems you don’t realize exactly what you are implying here.

# 4 - Travel Ethiopia - 28/08/2011 - 11:46 am


# 5 - TB - 04/09/2011 - 10:00 pm

How rude!!!
What was the purpose of this exactely? I brt the shallow person who wrote this must feel so superior…
Totally agree with #51 Eva

# 6 - marcia - 14/10/2011 - 2:31 pm

jommoloco, I want you to know that anyone who is slightly intelligent or even minimally educated would never heed this ridiculous article. I know nothing about your tribe, but i know better than to believe anything that was written in the article.

I respect your people, and I think your tribe is very exotic and unique. you must be very proud to come from such a distinguished lineage.

I wish i could know more about you. but unfortunately i have no access or knowledge of reputed material.

I am sorry this article even exists, to mislead people with its contents.

# 7 - amalka - 30/10/2011 - 12:08 am

I couldn’t stop laughing at this blog for its complete lack of humanity and obvious lack of understanding and humanness untoward what i perceive to be a beautiful tribe of indigenous peoples who are fighting to keep their way of life intact without western influence. I cannot fathom for the life of me the comment regarding sending in missionaries to ‘civilize’ The Mursi. Religion and its christian fundmentlist followers,are responsible for some of the worst acts of genocide the world has ever seen. A genocide of wiping out races of people to so call ‘civilize’ them. Millions of ethnic groups have died because of first contact with primarily christians seeking to convert them to some perverted faith,

What god would deem it okay to call his/ her own creation mutants? No, this is a complete failure of YOUR imagination not the Mursi. Are we to bulldoze all religion into christian, arab, jewish or voodian? Just so it suits a particular mindset? You must be kidding, or at best completely and utterly devoid of knowledge and understanding toward an incredibly diverse and wonderful tribe that through it all has maintained its unique way of living without your demonic religion telling them how they should live.

By the way science has proven that guess what? Our human birthplace originated in…..wait for it….ETHIOPIA!! The first human migration began out of Ethiopia. Look it up. Educate yourselves and stop living in such a narrow and obsolete way of life that is not sustainable and has lost contact with the basic fundamentals of being human, connection to tribe, the environment and our community as a whole.

# 8 - akal - 15/11/2011 - 2:39 pm

such a wonderful research u have there,i neva knew such people existed wow! am suprised and i lack words CONGRADULATIONS

# 9 - Ian - 22/11/2011 - 4:36 pm

This article is so disrespectful and should be taken down immediately

# 10 - Iria - 07/12/2011 - 10:26 am

To those of you who find this disgusting, be more respctful.who are you to judge what the tribe does? traditions are traditions and you may not agree with it, but respect it. To them this is honorable and it is the way of their ansestors also. just be thankful your cultural knowledge is increasing isnteas of being judgemental.

# 11 - Leave Them Alone - 22/12/2011 - 6:18 am

STFU! You guys who are trying to persuade them need to stop. The Mursi are not even bothering us westeners. Do you see the Mursi flying all the way to the U.S of A &telling us are Americanized culture is bad???

See nobody said anything because its true. These Mursi ppl arentt bothering you so why worry its THEIR CULTURE not yours

# 12 - Sad - 16/01/2012 - 8:13 am

They ARE a beautiful tribe of indigenous people, but they are living in FALSE belief and witchcraft, How disheartning.

# 13 - roland - 11/02/2012 - 6:20 am

The So called civilised pple c notin wrng wit homosexuality,alcoholism,promiscyty n al sort of evil doins cos its part of dier culture.leav dis guys alone 4 we r sik n tyd of eatin ur poison

# 14 - Brittany - 14/02/2012 - 11:45 pm

How on earth is this still on the internet?! I understand that English is the author’s second language, however I would have recommended that he/she have had someone else proof read this before posting. I refuse to blame complete ignorance as a factor. This article is highly biased and downright disrespectful and ethnocentric! I understand that some traditions to us may seem very strange and it is perfectly normal to admit that. You may disagree with some of this tribe’s philosophies and practices but it is inappropriate to go on attacking this tribe.

# 15 - Francis - 17/02/2012 - 11:13 am

This is a very biased, even racist, article. These people are simply trying to make themselves beautiful, not for anyone else, but for themselves. Just understand and accept that. I am sure that this tribe would be greatly perturbed and surprised that there are some individuals who cut open their breasts to insert some jelly pouch to make them look bigger. Just accept unconditionally and without bias other people’s cultures. And judge not what you do not understand.

# 16 - Simon Dannie - 17/02/2012 - 8:51 pm

We are civilized and they too can.

# 17 - Douglas - 19/02/2012 - 5:44 am

You guys of westerners,
Please stop talking about these tribe they are not in your countries or your houses to bother you. you are come to see them always, what you are trying to write about it you will never go to touch them, Ethiopian government is strong enough to protected them. even you come or not they will never make difference to them, so please dont spend much of your time on this. this person was writing this was really scared of this tribe powerful tribe it is not only him even other tribes fear them, they are real warrior.

# 18 - Martina - 24/02/2012 - 2:02 pm

I’ve spent some time with the Mursi and few other Omo tribes.
It’s obvious from the photos that the author went on tour to the Mursi “tourist” village (the bizarre “decoration” is for tourists’ sake). As been already said, the article is highly insulting and, more importantly, very far from the truth about the Mursi! If you have ended here because you where looking for serious information about them, please look elsewhere (e.g.

Douglas, the Ethiopian government is strong but it’s not going to protect the Mursi. Their aim is to destroy them! (see _

By the way, the Mursi were never cannibals.

# 19 - Morleyrobertson - 03/03/2012 - 4:28 pm

Who the Hell writes this stuff?  Automatons?  I had no idea these people had A.I. android technology (sarcasm, in case you didn’t get it).  Obviously the writer doesn’t have any grasp of the English language.  The writing is atrocious and the content perverted and ignorant, as are a great deal of the preceding comments.

# 20 - Morleyrobertson - 03/03/2012 - 4:30 pm

 The true poison, Roland, is people like yourself.  Uninformed, intolerant and uneducated.  Enlightened, you most certainly are not. Please learn how to write.

# 21 - Morleyrobertson - 03/03/2012 - 4:32 pm

 This is one of the most perverse, ignorant articles I have ever read.  How can you think this is good research?

# 22 - Mary123 - 27/03/2012 - 6:45 am

This is an atrocious review written by a person who obviously has no idea what they are talking about. Its extremely essentialist, racist,  and sexist! This person is obviously very full of themselves!

# 23 - Willphillimore - 05/11/2012 - 4:10 pm

this is all totally untrue and offensive to the mursi tribe. they are one of the few tribes that are still stugeling to keep thier old ways and they only use guns becuse it’s easy to shoot animals

# 24 - Klem - 06/12/2012 - 12:36 pm

Disgusting !  How would you have a boob job, paint your face with chemicals and put your hair un bleach, suck the fat out of you flabby belly and implant industrial plastic inside your buttocks!! 

Also, how can you believe that some space daddy sent his only son to a suicide mission, this is so retarded, I feel sorry for you beliving that Jesus boobjob and processed food are a normal life….you have been thought wrong…

I’m sorry but you are a moron, believing that your “culture” is the only “normal way” is a proof of sheer ignorance, close mindedness and religious indoctrination.

People like you destroyed theses cultures hundred years ago, trying to “civilize” them, being blinded by their megalomaniac sens of superiority

# 25 - ishita - 28/05/2015 - 1:16 pm

First of all, this article is loaded with subtle shades of xenophobia and racism. Certain descriptive terms used are offensive and it seems less like an unbiased scholarly piece of work and more like something written to propagate prejudices just because these people are different.

Certain someone named Stacee in her comments carries the ‘white man’s burden’ and is fully prepared to go on a ‘civilizing mission.’

And lastly, get over yourselves bitches. There are numerous tribes and communities across the country and planet who have different cultures and ways of life than the mainstream. If you can’t handle diversity, leave them the fuck alone.

# 26 - Camille Strickland - 10/06/2015 - 7:11 am

The Mursi people are very interesting, but the writer was very disrespectful. It amazes me how some people will travel thousands of miles to harass the heck of unsuspecting people. This has been going of for centuries. I wonder when God is going to step in to stop people from traveling thousands of miles to take full advantage of people. When will the bullying stop.

# 27 - Just passing through - 06/09/2015 - 9:29 am

To Karian who said that “civilised” is the wrong spelling. Australian and British usually use “-ised” rather than the American’s “-ized”.

# 28 - africa - 21/11/2015 - 12:44 pm

how about white people get out of africa… you folks have been exploiting, misunderstanding and other evils for centuries in all indigenous lands… the cancer of world history

# 29 - Barkede Kulumedere - 21/09/2016 - 5:51 pm

Most of the information given here are biased.

# 30 - Caroline Lee - 08/11/2016 - 3:20 am

What an offensive, biased article, about a magnificent people

# 31 - Andy - 24/11/2017 - 5:17 am

Not only is this foul “article” almost completely devoid of facts, it is violently bigoted WITH A PURPOSE!
The purpose of this delusional propaganda is to portray the Mursi as subhuman cannibals in order to excuse those who displace and murder them. This revolting series of outright lies and pathetic value judgements is no less than an initial step in calling for the genocide of the Mersi as well as a disingenuous attempt at excusing the genocide that has already occurred.
VERY similar to much of the anti Semitic propaganda of 1930s Germany and Austria.

# 32 - Selina - 09/05/2018 - 3:10 pm

Its almost as if these people did something wrong to you. Incredibly disrespectful of you to leave your home and travel all this way only to mock their culture. Do better man, these people caused you no harm, don’t be a bully.

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