During the courtship season, Surma men spend hours perfecting their appearance. They create their principal body decoration by smearing the skin with a mixture of chalk and water and drawing intricate designs with their wet fingertips to expose the skin underneath.


  • Title: Surma Men Decorating Their Bodies
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1986
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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