Young girl from Mursi tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
Scarification is considered an art form and a method to decorate the body. It is part of the initiatory rite of passage from childhood to adulthood and incisions are made with cuts of the skin using knives and razors. The open wounds are reopened continuously so that the scars protrude as much as possible from the skin. It is crucial that the person subjected to this very painful practice endures engravings in stoic silence. Suffering is a fundamental element of the ceremony, as it shows value and courage.
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