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The woman with a lip disc as big as her HEAD


This month, an Australian film crew, led by cinematographer Abrahem Joffe, stumbled upon the world’s largest lip disc in the remote valleys of southern Ethiopia.

Joffe told Daily Mail Australia the crew was filming a documentary series for Canon Australia when they made the discovery.

‘We were taking a tour with some of the local guides. When they spotted the woman, they were absolutely bewildered,' he said.

‘I’m a big reader of Guinness World Records and I figured it was out of the ordinary, but you know you've found something special when the locals are amazed.’

Ataye Eligidagne, 20, dons the largest lip disk in the world. At a whopping 59.5 cm in circumference and 19.5 cm in diameter, it’s over twice the size of the average disc.

The previous record disc in the Guinness Book of World Records was 15cm in diameter.

Lip discs are a long-running tradition amongst the Surma woman of the lower Omo Rover valley in Ethiopia.

There is evidence of woman wearing the discs in this region from 1896. The procedure, which also involves knocking out the bottom two teeth, is done at the age of 15-18.

In recent times, the Ethiopian government has taken measures to ban the discs, and the frequency amongst the younger generations is reportedly dwindling.

The discs carry a multifaceted significance. They are intended to attract a husband, as well as a dowry for the family of the wife, who are given a contingent  of cattle respective to the size of the disc.

But they are also a form of self-expression.

‘I think that locally, it's a matter of pride. The larger the disc, the more impressive. Young people try to outdo each other all over the world.'

‘When we asked her if her daughter would adhere to the tradition, she said wasn’t sure her daughter will see it the same way, and she would respect her daughters decision on whether or not to do it.’

በደቡብ የኢትዮጵያ ክፍል በኦሞ ስምጥ ሸለቆ አካባቢ የሚኖሩ የሱርማ ብሄረሰቦች ካሏቸው በርካታ ልማዶች የውበት አጠባበቃቸው አንዱ ነው፡፡

የሱርማ ሴቶች ውበታቸውን ከሚጠብቁበት መንገድ አንዱ የከንፈር መተልተል እንደሆነና በተተለተለው ከንፈር ላይ ጠፍጣፋ ገል (ሸክላ) ማድረግ መሆኑ ብዙዎቻችን የምናውቅ መሆኑ አያጠራጥርም፡፡

በብሔረሰቡ ይህን አይነቱ የውበት አጠባበቅ በ18ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን እንደተጀመረ ይነገራል፡፡
በቅርቡ አንድ የአውስትራሊያ የጥናታዊ ፊልም ሰሪዎች ቡድን በአካባቢው ባደረገው ጉብኝት በአለም ትልቁ ከንፈር ሲል የገለፀውን እሰቀምጧል፡፡

ዴይሊ ሜል እንዳስነበበው ከዚህ ቀደም በአለም ድንቃድንቅ መዝገብ ላይ ተመዝግቦ የነበረው ከንፈር ዲያሜትሩ 15 ሴንቲ ሜትር ያህላል፡፡ የአሁኑ የሱርማዋ የ20 አመት ሴት ግን አጠቃላይ ክቡ 59.5 ሴንቲ ሜትርና ዲያሜትሩ 19.5 ይረዝማል፡፡ ይህ ደግሞ ጭንቅላት ማስገባት የሚስያችል ስፋት ይኖረዋል ማለት ነው፡፡

ሱርማዎች ከ15 እስከ 18 ባለው እድሜ ክልል ከንፈራቸውን መተልተል ይጀምራሉ፡፡ 
የ20 አመት እድሜ ያላት የሱርማዋ ቆንጆ አታዬ ኤሊጊዳኜ ከንፈሯን በመተልተል በዚህ ገል (ሸክላ) ማጌጥ ከጀመረች ሶስት አመት ሆኗታል፡፡

አታዬ ልጅሽ በእንዲህ አይነት መልኩ እንድታጌጥ ታደርጊያታለሽ ወይ ተብላ ተጠይቃ “ይህ የራሷ የልጄ ውሳኔ ይሆናል፡፡ ልጄ ከፈለገች ታጊጥበት ካልፈለገችም ይቀራል” ብላለች፡፡

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