The enigmatic Surma people
live as half-nomads in the southwestern part of Ethiopia along the Omo River
. Due to their geographical isolation, they were able to maintain their unique culture. This proud people have a great sense for beauty and expression. Surma women wear, as soon as they reach maturity impressive clay plates in their lower lip and ears. The size of the plate, which can reach up to 15 cm, is a sign of wealth and beauty.
Ceremonies, especially the stick fighting, also called donga, are the foundation of a complex social structure. The usually unmarried man, decorate their bodies with intricate designs before the fight. The winner is carried on a platform to a group of girls, who will decide among themselves, which of them is going to marry him.
Refer to Trekking among the Surma