Surma girls prepare for the courtship season by painting each other’s faces. After the harvest, when marriage proposals are likely to be made, the girls will also decorate their bodies to make themselves even more alluring to men.


  • Title: Surma Girls Face-Painting at River Bank
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1988
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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