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The Mursi live in the Lower Omo Valley of southwestern Ethiopia.
They call themselves Mun (sing. Muni), and number less than 10,000. Their territory of around 2,000 km2 lies in the South Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State (SNNPRS), roughly between the River Omo (known as Warr to the Mursi) and the River Mago (known as Mako to the Mursi). Their closest cultural and linguistic links are with the Chai and Tirma, who
live west of the Omo and south of Maji.
As we know them today, the Mursi are a relatively recent product of three separate population movements, each of which took them into territory they had not previously occupied. First there was a move across the Omo, from the west, which may have taken place around 150 years ago and which is seen by the Mursi as a key historical event in the construction of their current political identity.
Next there was an expansionary movement northwards, into better watered territory further up the valley, which took place in the 1920s
and 1930s. Finally, beginning in 1979, there was a further expansion, this time north eastwards, into the upper Mago Valley, a move which
took the migrants into close and regular contact with their highland …….