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Ethiopia Suri Tribe: History of the Suri Tribe of Ethiopia where men have to fight to get married

Shatakshi Asthana
Ethiopia in Africa is home to many ancient tribes. Here, on one side, the dreaded Mursi tribe and on the other the Suri community in which the synonyms of beauty are different from the rest of the world. Even in order to get married, boys have to introduce value, in which even if life is lost, no sorrow is done. In a conversation with Navbharat Times Online, geophysicist Ratnesh Pandey told the story of Suri, a small tribe living in southwest Ethiopia, also known as Surma. Ratnesh has worked in Tanzania, Africa for 11 years and has visited 35 countries around the world. The main job of the inhabitants of this tribe living in the Bench Maji region in the western Omo Valley is grazing cattle. They have a population of 20,000 and speak the Nilo-Saharan language. The life of the people of the “Suri” tribe is quite different. As a resident, there is a difference in the way they eat, drink and wear clothes. (PHOTO: AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia is a landlocked country located in the “horn” of Africa officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Horn is an East African peninsula. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers in the Arabian Sea and is located on the southern edge of the Gulf of Aden. Its appearance on the map resembles that of a horn, which is why it is given this name. It is the easternmost extension of the African continent. He was called Bilad Al Barbar in medieval times. Countries like Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia are located in the Horn of Africa region. Its area is about 2,000,000 km2 and about 10.02 million people reside there. It is the second most populous country in Africa and is inhabited by over 85.2 lakh. It is the tenth largest country in Africa by area. Its capital is Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is located in southeast Sudan, southern Eritrea, western Djibouti and Somalia, northern Kenya, and eastern South Sudan. It is the most populous landlocked country in the world. (PHOTO: AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

Definition of beauty

Like the other tribes of the Suri tribe, the traditions are unique and thousands of years old. The way to get married here is pretty amazing. People of the Suri tribe consider very wide lips to be a sign of beauty. Even under the unique practice of the Suri tribe, as soon as the girls enter puberty, two teeth of their lower jaws are broken and the lips are cut and pierced. After that, a 16 inch wide piece of hardwood or clay is inserted into their lips. Over time, the size of this disk is increased so that their lips become larger and more beautiful. The larger the size of the plate placed in the woman’s lips, the more cows her father receives as a dowry. Usually, the father of a girl with a small plate receives 40 cows, and the girl with a large plate receives 60 cows as a dowry. (PHOTO: AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

Fight to the last breath

Getting married to boys from the Suri tribe is not easy. The boys first have to fight to get married. The person who wins this battle receives a reward in their reward. The ways of getting married are also quite amazing. They have to fight until their last breath to have a wife. The tradition is called Donga in which two boys from the clan fight with each other. This war is so dangerous that sometimes even life is lost. However, these tribes must carry on more tradition than life. These boys are not allowed to wear clothes during the fighting. They become completely naked without clothes and descend to the battlefield with sticks and kill each other. (PHOTO: AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

Drink the blood of animals

The young people of this tribe drink the blood of animals to get married. It is believed that drinking blood gives their body strength. However, according to Donga tradition, the tribals here drink animal blood even in their daily diet, but it is consumed exclusively during combat. In 1994, the Donga tradition was banned by the Ethiopian government due to the deaths of many young people during the conflict, but was later resumed. Women have had considerable freedom in this tribe. They can choose anyone as their partner. By choosing a man, she can even sever ties with him according to her mind. (PHOTO: AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)

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