Why do Amazonian tribal women wear plates on their lips? Click here to know its strange reason!


One of the traditional rituals of the tribal ranges of Amazonia is the lip plate ritual. Young black women in Africa had this custom of labret, meaning piercing body parts for jewelry. It has been a common custom to pierce the nose, ears, and other parts of the body.

Lip plate piercings have been popular among the Mursi and Soorma women of Ethiopia. It has been a symbol of beauty as a lip ornament, besides, other interesting facts about lip plate piercing are as follows:

The process starts in 15 years

The ritual or tradition begins from the age of a teenager when she is 15 years old and continues until she reaches the maximum parts of the body. Piercing of body parts continues for months, from a small coin to the maximum size possible for the lips. It mostly starts from a young age, the layers of the skin of the lips become loose with a hole from which it gets bigger and hangs. This is a sign of her being a female member of the gotra. The plate should fit snugly between the lips of women till the age of marriage.


Engagement or married sign

Therefore, if a woman wears a lip plate it is simply not an indication of the relevant culture and tribe. It serves as an act of pride for married women, which attracts their men or husbands. A gesture of being dear to their husbands is also explained by ornate plates. Nose piercings with earrings and round small plates are also included.


Although it is one of the popular and essential rituals of the Suri tribes, it is gradually being discarded by African women. This is the most painful practice. After seeing pain and suffering in modern times, it is not followed by women. Today beauty and it's meaning to attract men are different.

Wooden lip plate

The lip plate or plug is made of wood which is not at all light in weight. The jewelry worn is on a wooden plate having various creative and innovative designs. A round-shaped lip plate made of clay is also worn but it is as heavy or as heavy as wood.