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The Mursi or Murzu are ethnic groups located in the Southern Ethiopia, inside Mago national park. They are nomadic cattle herder.

The Mursi are surrounded by mountains between the Omo River and its tributary the Mago. This is one of the most isolated regions of the country. Their neighbors include the Ari, the Banna, the Bodi, the Kara, the Kwegu, the Me’en the Nyangatom and the Suri. They are grouped together with the Me'en and Suri by the Ethiopian government under the name Surma.

They have their own language, also called Mursi. It is a Surmic language. It is also closely related (over 80% cognate) to Me'en and Suri, as well as Kwegu and other nearby languages.

The Mursi have their own religion called Animism. The women wear plates made of clay in their lower lips. Girls are pierced at the age of 15 or 16. Similar body ornaments are worn by the Suyá people, a Brazilian tribe. The Mursi people are also known for in DONGA (stick fighting ceremony), hair & wearing style.

Donga - Stick fighting of the Mursi tribe

Dongaa is a stick fighting festival of the Mursi and Surma young man. At a fight, each contestant is armed with a hardwood pole about six feet long with a weight of just under two pounds. In the attacking position, this pole is gripped at its base with both hands, the left above the right in order to give maximum swing and leverage. Each player beats his opponent with his stick as many times as possible with the intention of knocking him down,

and eliminating him from the game. Players are usually unmarried men. The winner is carried away on a platform of poles to a group of girls waiting at the side of the arena who decide among themselves which of them will ask for his hand in marriage. Taking part in a stick fight is considered to be more important than winning it. The men paint their bodies with a mixture of chalk and water before the fight.

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