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Biggest Facial Adornment

When scouring through far-flung corners of the world, you never know what you might find. This month, an Australian film crew, led by cinematographer Abrahem Joffe, stumbled upon the world’s
11 Oct 2014 07:55
Biggest Facial Adornment

When scouring through far-flung corners of the world, you never know what you might find.

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 Book of 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 59.5cm in circumference and 19.5cm 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.

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.

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