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The Mursi and Surma Peoples

surmaThe Mursi live between their dry & wet season range on the Tama plains, north of  Mago Park in the Omo River region of southwestern Ethiopia. They care for livestock and plant some crops.The men practice light scarification on their shoulders after killing an enemy and shave geometric patterns on their head. During dances and ceremonies they adorn literally every part of their body with white chalk paint. Young unmarried men practice group stick fights. The winner is carried on top of poles to girls waiting beside the arena, who decide among themselves which of them will ask his hand in marriage.