Share or comment on this article: Share this article Share. The fierce fighting is traditionally seen as a way of attracting women, and is a combination of martial art, ritual and sport. Female members of the tribe have distinctive clay discs inserted into holes in their bottom lip, which are considered signs of beauty. The fight has traditionally been seen as a way of impressing women and attracting a future wife. The larger the plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries. They fight with little or no clothing, and the violent clashes sometimes result in death.
These stunning images from southern Ethiopia capture the moments members of the Suri tribe take part in a fighting ritual, at a time when their way of life is under threat.
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Large crowds gather to watch as the stick fighting takes place in southern Ethiopia. The tribe depends on the river for its survival and way of life, and warnings have sounded that the Gibe III dam - the third largest hydroelectric plant in Africa - and cotton and sugar plantations and factories will force members to scatter. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The larger the plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries. By Dave Burke For Mailonline. Share or comment on this article: