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 78 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - d winston - 17/08/2009 - 8:35 pm

Brilliant respectfull view of these poepl. I would love to see them and meet these people.wonderful.

# 2 - Jez Sagaris - 28/08/2009 - 9:36 pm

wonderful photos – very good food for the brain and if you ever go again l would love to come along

# 3 - Ashley - 08/10/2009 - 10:12 pm

that is sooo gross but i cant see how someone could do that

# 4 - Natasha - 10/10/2009 - 3:05 am


“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.

# 5 - Staceey - 16/10/2009 - 8:39 pm

disgusting!! why would they do this?? do they also know that when they die they go 2 hell? they believe wrong a missionary needs 2 go there! i would be terrafied if i saw these people!they need shirts on and they need to take those plates off of there lips. its not healthy. i feel sorry for them because they have been taught wrong and have had a horrible life. i just think they should live a normal life and more satisfying. has any of them ran away before? because they dot feel like they fit in? i would if i were them.

# 6 - Jez Sagaris - 16/10/2009 - 10:06 pm

For God sake them leave this tribe alone – having looked at them they look far HEALTHIER than the majority of us “civilized” westerners!!!!

# 7 - staceey - 17/10/2009 - 10:36 pm

healthier?? no they dont!! you have to be an idiot to think that! and yes im happy the way i live and im also glad my fingers and bones dont go on people for jewelry and meals when i die or am sacrificed.

# 8 - Harry - 26/10/2009 - 10:42 pm

Alright this is ridiculous. Staceey, these people do not need to become “civilized” they are living the way that they have been for hundreds possibly even tens of thousands of years (except for the AK’s). I agree with Jez, these people are far healthier than us. We westerners live artificial lives. Our values are skewed, and these people are living to the best of their ability. Their religious and cultural systems come from time immemorial, who are we to interfere with them. These people are also not in need of a missionary. I personally do not believe in a God. They will not necessarily go to hell if they die, and even if you are correct in your assumption that there is a God, why would they be sent to hell? For simply not knowing that your God exists? That seems a little bit unreasonable. But i digress, I am not trying to pick a fight about religion. These people do not need to be “civilized” it is not our right to impose our systems of belief onto them. AS a response to your previous question about whether any of them ever run away i seriously doubt it. They have lived with very minimal contact with our world. They would not run away because they have never known anything different, to quote from your bible, in Ecclesiastes you see that ignorance is bliss. I would also like to take this opportunity to agree with Natasha, the way these people are described is offensive, and you need to be more careful in the future. I assume that English is not your mother tongue so it is forgivable, but please, your language implies that you are almost insulting these people.

# 9 - staceey - 28/10/2009 - 12:36 am

ya’ll dont realize that we aren’t canables and I Thank God for that because, whenever they starve they will eat the weakiest of them all…now if our “civilization” is so wrong why not when we get hungry, we feast on the weakeist? but yes you are right about some of our civilization, some of it is just, well not good. i also do agree with Natasha too but soon i hope that people will help them.It appears they also take the deads larvas ,is what i think they call them and somehow put it in there bodies! not good! i just dont like thinking or talking about those things! i never liked science with all the body parts and stuff it just doesnt fit in with me. im not accusing them of doing wrong but may God come! when God, himsself comes again i sure hope they do too. i hope everyone does because even though we are all worthless sinners, he still loves us enough to take us with him! may that day come in my life! i hope all accept Jesus! folks one day he is coming! ill be waiting till then. if i die tonight, i will know it was for a good purpose! its all in his plans… not dis-liking these people nor am i disliking any of you, i know i have done things in my life that well, are terrible things but jesus forgave me. i hope you know he will forgive you no matter what!

# 10 - mazin - 28/10/2009 - 1:39 am

“i feel sorry for them because they have been taught wrong and have had a horrible life.”

do you know how dumb you sound?

# 11 - Ash, Ethiopia - 05/11/2009 - 8:59 am

You idiots, can you shut up and live your own lives?This people have their own beliefs and values that none of you guys have. They have a different view of the world and a different way of living it. I have been to the Mursi tribe more than ten times and I know that they sound aggressive. But nothing is like you made it sound like. It is you the westerners who came to their places, invaded their territories, stole their privacy and aimed your greedy tele zoom lenses in front of their faces disrespectfully. It is you westerners who gave them money for the pictures you took and made them beggars. They don’t want any missionary or a teacher neither do they want to know your personal perception of the world and civilization. They have something they believe in and that is perfectly fine with them. Who the hell are we to judge them. Is it killing people on the streets or raping women on a broad sunny day that you call civilization? Have you thought for a second about the evil things we do every day in our lives? If this people are wrongly thought, then they are only hurting themselves but our evil deeds are hurting the world and the entire human race at large. So please shut up and live your own lives before you judge someone’s!

# 12 - melinda - 14/11/2009 - 10:14 pm

You sir are an ignorant and silly man. Study the language before you try and use it, because English isn’t something you should try and write a pseudo-scientific article in if you cant clearly explain yourself. Second you’re an idiot. You clearly know nothing of these people, and anyone with half a brain could prove you false with one click of the mouse….you really shouldn’t make up stories like this.

# 13 - arodoet126 - 13/12/2009 - 6:37 pm

this is not respectful in the sense, that it refers to them as mutants,and the title is terrible truth. It’s different and unusual, that doesn’t make it terrible. It also gives us no right to insult them and decide whether or not they are civilized. I find it quite interesting, but I can’t say this article was very helpful. The only thing I don’t understand, is how do women eat with the plate in their mouth?

# 14 - Naeem Akhtar Ch. - 09/01/2010 - 8:44 am

How to eat these womens with mouth plate.
what is concept of mouth plate.i don’t understand.this is too much painfull working.she is wearing havey key ring and how to staisfy with plate in lips and hole and plate in key and hole.

# 15 - ahmed essam zeidan - 10/01/2010 - 3:51 pm

what the hill there is a curse on these people its impossible and they are totally naked

# 16 - b6a6r6n - 12/01/2010 - 12:48 am

well it seems that many people in the world are incapable of thinking for themselves. hello this message board.
perhaps those who seem to believe in a christian god have been taught something that is not true. it is not my place to say. however it seems ignorant to call other people ignorant. it also seems ignorant to disregard what others say without any apparent attempt at understanding: melinda, stacey. have you ever thought of making up some of your own rules?
i envy the simplicity of life that i assume the Mursi have. it is also gratifying to see a society where the women seem to have a large amount of power – melinda, stacey, i don’t know what god says about this but women in the ‘civilised’ world only got the vote in the 1900s: thats a long time as a piece of furniture.
however there are things in the Mursi society which appear to be negative: some of the bodily decoration must make certain tasks difficult, like eating, and there is a chance that the half-mentioned cannibalism may contribute to the ‘violent nature’ of the people.
however, there are many things wrong with western ‘civilised’ culture too.
melinda – stacey – can you guys think of any?
ash’s message is the most lucid and fair statement on this page, including this one. judge not, lest ye be judged. (obviously, i have no fear of being judged. but thats because you judge yourself.)

# 17 - karian - 16/01/2010 - 3:48 pm

that B6a6r6n guy cannot spell the word ”civilized” and cant spell staceey’s name the right way. there are many forms to spell it and me her name does’nt sound like the name stacy, so just dont assume and be respectful to spell their names the right way… I do agree w/ staceey and I especially agree w/ Melinda, but the B6a6r6n has it extremely wrong.So since he does’nt care of being judged than well, that is his problem.

# 18 - Ash, Ethiopia - 19/01/2010 - 9:38 am

Hey guys,

Last time it was all about the mursi and how right their traditions are. Now it seems to me that it is turning into an English teaching class.
Melinda,by the way you are one of the most stupid and nonsense people I have ever met,can you focus on the points being conveyed in the comments than the spelling of individual words? do you think being unable to use the English language is “UNCIVILIZED”? Can you see how narrow your mind and your scope of thinking is? Can you sit down for a second and think of the homosexual dramas, the mass killings and the drug abuse in the nooks of California? Why do we fail to see the dirt in our eyes as we see others? What does your religion tell you about that? Melinda, please don’t just look at the glasses you wear, look through them to see the world and read a lot to broaden your scope of thinking. Do you think you know the mursi better than I do? Yeah the problem begins with believing everything you read on the web and please know that not every click can give you the right info about anything. I know the mursi in person not from Google, I ate and drunk with them, slept in their hut and enjoyed their hospitality. They did not eat me as some tried to put them as Cannibals. So stop clicking for the Mursi and click to know how to maximize a global thinking and develop yourself into a better being who thinks fair and balance!


# 19 - shime - 11/02/2010 - 4:06 pm

It is extremely a bad cultural practice and this should be automatically stop!!

# 20 - gafe665 - 12/02/2010 - 1:38 am

pence que yo era el feo

# 21 - jaymar - 18/02/2010 - 4:33 am

graveh… so terrible ngah… what kind of culture is that..? hu..!!! kuletzzz…

# 22 - Anna - 08/03/2010 - 3:10 am

WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE? (I mean certain people who commented, not the mursi)
… this is what I get for trying to look up info on tribal groups… a bunch of crap.
And they’re not ugly. The lip plate looks strange the first few times u see it, but u get used to it. They look way better/healthier than a lot of people in the U.S.

So, yeah, their culture’s not perfect, and neither are all the other African tribes, and ours sucks in so many ways. why westernize the whole world and make it one boring, artificial place without different cultures?

Oh, yeah one more thing… about what Stacey said… they do NOT need shirts! like wtf? It’s Africa. it’s hot over there. And what the heck is healthy about being so ashamed of your own body that you go around your entire life with a piece of fabric over it.

# 23 - wesley - 12/03/2010 - 10:18 pm

i hate christian

# 24 - denise - 18/03/2010 - 10:57 am

anna i agree wit u. its great tat we can actually see these kind of tribes still here.we all came from these kind of people its all our history get over it.its great its just like goin back in time. these people compared to us would be more happy and satisfied in their life. in comparisin how many of thme would be sucicidal not like our society how many of them are prostitutes,serial killers.corupte polliticians.create people like hilter,the poe,mass control tru lies in religion wat we eat all full of chemicals pollutin and destroyin our own world because of development tryin to constatnly have more and more till we destroy ourselves and go back to basics.i admire these people and wish we still had the knowledge to live and be happy like these people.i dont care if my spellings arent great i typed it so fast if u have any worldly knowledge u would understand and agree wit me. theres no such thing as the good ol’ days but far back as when we lived like this these were the great ol’ days.fair play to them they should be left alone because when we die cause we cant cope wit life after watever destruction we cause them people will still be here.

# 25 - RAJ - 05/04/2010 - 7:59 am

what is the reason the people puting something in their mouth

# 26 - zofia - 16/04/2010 - 9:58 am

staceey sounds like a dumbass

# 27 - Parag - 21/04/2010 - 9:02 am

When Mursi girls reaches puberty age , she will have her lip cut and a small wooden stick inserted, giving her new identify, she becomes a (bansanai) an age set Mursi that indicates a girls passage from girlhood to woman hood.
Mursi Tribe Ethiopia

# 28 - Staffan - 22/04/2010 - 2:25 pm

I hope no one takes this blog entry seriously. Why are you telling lies? To boost your ego? If you have been to the Omo valley yourself, you should know better. I work as a guide and tour leader and will be happy to return to the area with European groups in September.
Please show some respect to the Mursi, to your readers and yourself.

# 29 - Barbara - 26/04/2010 - 8:41 pm

This article is absolutely insulting and should be banned from view. It is a sad day when I am in lament of being a westerner. All commentator’s who have shown complete lack of respect and humanity should crawl back into the filthy hole they came from!

# 30 - Jomoloko - 01/05/2010 - 6:23 am

my name is Jomoloko, and i am right from the Mursi tribe, living in Jinka,please you all have got no idea about what the tribe is all about. Me i was born, in Hailewuha, in Mursi, and let me try to give you some highlights that will probably shape your dirty mind.

The reason why they put DABY ( THE LIP PLATE)
As per the trdtional tale teaching program, which is given by the old people where they got lesson with the same trend as we got it, we call this program GAFFI,
500 years before there was a fight b/n the south Sudaneese tribes and the Mursi and Surma, and when the Sudaneese tribes win the war , the Surma young men and young women were taken as slaves. And the old people of the then time noticed that there will not be any one who is going to take care of the children and the old ones and told for the woman to put a little hole and a normal stick in the lower part of their mouth and ear , and after some time they put a little circular plate like but made with wood, and it has got five to six stages , and finally they put a clay made and burned with butter plate in their mouth. So that the girls who had such a plate were not taken as slaves due to their Ugly appearance , no one will buy them, which inturn was very helpfull for the old people and the small children to be taken care.
You call us aggressive, not civilised, wild, whatever you might call us, but we are who we are , and it is not your problem , there are so many secret things that am not allowed to tell you here,even if you come and live with us for years you can’t understand it. And please leave us, But for further corrections you can contact me

# 31 - alex - 11/05/2010 - 2:36 pm

i am confused and i can believe this is real. what!!!! are these people doing? are they normall human beings like ourselfs?

# 32 - Fith - 11/05/2010 - 5:21 pm

I found your blog the most unresearched, lay man’s blog ever!! I regret the mins i spend going through this trash. If anybody want to know about the Mursi/Hamar(endangered ancient residents of the omovalley) You have to research and read an anthropologist’s or well read traveller’s blog.
p.s. I am an ethiopian & i can tell you your blog(except the deliberate selected pics) is misleading and disrespectful. They do smell much better than you do and they believe that souls reside not only in humanbeings but also on animals, mountains, tress…and they do have much respect to nature than you do!

# 33 - tara - 24/05/2010 - 5:18 pm

This article is disgustingly inaccurate. I won’t even address the inaccurate subject matter, I.E. the claims of their beady eyes and bad smell, because seriously, it’s all just crazy racist stuff you made up or exaggerated upon. You aren’t a qualified anthropologist and you have no idea what you are talking about. There is no NEGROID RACE. There is only one race, and that is the HUMAN RACE. All colors of people are members of the HUMAN RACE.

Next time you write something, do some legitimate research and then run it through a spell check before you post it. Your terrible grammar and spelling made it difficult to take this article seriously even without taking into consideration the ignorance of the content.

Stupid stupid stupid.

Also, the people commenting who believe this article is true are just as ignorant. You should have your hateful tongues ripped out.

# 34 - admin - 24/05/2010 - 5:48 pm
# 35 - samuel - 15/06/2010 - 6:45 pm

what a piece of art display

# 36 - Chocolate453, Rosegirl453 - 15/06/2010 - 9:21 pm

eeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…they should die or move somewhere and be taught correct

# 37 - hanna - 15/07/2010 - 12:49 pm

Oh!!!!!Can any body define “civilization” and modernization for me? Is it living in the capitalist society??? this is the way they chose to leave. They did no harm to anybody. why can’t you live with that? And regarding English grammar, English is not our first language and it’s okay if we make mistakes. but you perfectly understand what we’re trying to say. You are just victims of Superiority complex. And English is the most pain in the ass language ever.

# 38 - tara - 16/07/2010 - 5:19 pm

Wikipedia is not a valid source. Do some real research. There is only one race, and that is the HUMAN race. Every color of people are included in the human race.

This article is fake, ignorant and, No I do NOT understand what the author is trying to say. I value and respect other languages, and I do know how hard it is to make yourself understood in a language that is not your own, but this poorly written article is full of hate. The hatred and hurtfulness of this article are what I was truly criticizing. All those people in the pictures aren’t even from the same tribe.
It is inexcusable.

# 39 - pierre - 21/08/2010 - 10:49 am

They must be close relatives of the apes.

# 40 - Hannah Foxton - 23/08/2010 - 3:38 pm

The person who wrote this is incredibly rascist and ignorant. This artical is full of incorrect steriotypes. I thought in this day and age our generation was broadminded and accepting, but obviously not. And apart from the fury i feel that this article was written, i feel a bigger sense of pity for the person who wrote it. The author of this article is filled with hatred for things he/she does not understand.

# 41 - Olisarali - 30/10/2010 - 8:07 pm

I am very interested about that tribe1 do you know how can i go to get there to see them any advice? befor i reach there?

# 42 - Jommoloco - 13/01/2011 - 1:02 pm

In my previous post i’ve tried to explain some important facts about my tribe,which i thaught might clean some of u guys dirty mind. Do please come and see who we really are. You can forget your artificial civilization where it has made u not to have a connection to the natural environment,being totaly dependent on the environment,communicating with it. Please if any one wants to have a clear information contact me through my mail address RAWNBOY2@GMAIL.COM

# 43 - Black is Beautiful - 19/01/2011 - 1:21 am

Leave them alone and let them live tha way they want to its no body business any way! They hav their reasons for why they do things diffrent and its their culture so jus lave them alone!You cant know evrything!They not bothering nobody so why yall bothering them?

# 44 - Douglas - 01/02/2011 - 8:22 pm

Hi i am very interesting what you were posting here. Do this tribe is real? or you are just making up pitures. if true i would like to come and touch in my hand and to see my own eyes.
Any advice to go there?

# 45 - Hannah - 03/05/2011 - 12:12 pm

Probably the most rascist thing I have ever read. I am afraid that people curious about the Mursi tribe who have just looked them up will be turned into prejudiced ignorant bigots. You shouldn’t spread these lies or this hatred. It’s like BNP.

# 46 - Cathleen - 16/05/2011 - 12:56 pm

I was shocked by the insulting tone of the article, and hope it was due to English being the writer’s second language. Let’s not call for changing traditional peoples. Not only is their lifestyle a peak into our own history (what luck to live in a time when we can still glimpse earliest humans’ lifestyles!), history has certainly shown that taboos are relative. I love to visit these traditional cultures and am glad people like the writer make an attempt to show them to us. I just wish he would be more respectful of how he portrays them.

# 47 - Douglas - 17/05/2011 - 1:00 pm

Do anyone want this blog, to let the people to post/comment about this tribeou crazy people ? Hey you can you stop this blogf please. this is not good to make the people in the world to insulting this tribe.who is the best in the world, any counryies you go there are good people and bad people even your self are bad your mine. even you are realy poor, how many aeropalane you have got have ?how many building you have got? even so you may have your own house, maybe you rent a house, if so, you are renting house that is not make you to do this and say this.
i think you have laung cancer.

# 48 - richmond cosby - 19/06/2011 - 10:14 pm

well, like religion u can never judge culture, else u would just be saying nothing progressive… the mursi culture may disgust but doesnt mean they have nothing better to offer. writer, mind ur language..

# 49 - Carms - 29/06/2011 - 2:40 pm

I’d actually be interested i going to a place like this , but would i even get their and would i have to be an explorer to go ?.

# 50 - Douglas - 29/06/2011 - 5:58 pm

i would like the terrible Mursi tribe to kill one of white man like me. what your reaction for that?

# 51 - 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

# 52 - 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

# 53 - 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.

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


# 55 - 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

# 56 - 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.

# 57 - 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.

# 58 - 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

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

This article is so disrespectful and should be taken down immediately

# 60 - 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.

# 61 - 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

# 62 - 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.

# 63 - 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

# 64 - 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.

# 65 - 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.

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

We are civilized and they too can.

# 67 - 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.

# 68 - 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.

# 69 - 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.

# 70 - 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.

# 71 - 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?

# 72 - 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!

# 73 - 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

# 74 - 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

# 75 - 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.

# 76 - 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.

# 77 - 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”.

# 78 - 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

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