Morans decorate themselves with red ochre; wear their colorful beads and regalia to grace the event. This particular one was a three day affair that involved a lot of feasting and merry making.
So many bulls, goats and sheep went down as a result; it was all about meat eating, blood drinking, dancing and a few words of advice from the elders.
The ceremony was conducted in the forest where one big circular enclosure (lack of a better word) was put up by the Morans using tree branches. All the partying took place in there.
Normally, married women and uncircumcised boys are not allowed inside the enclosure. I personally didn’t see any women/girls anywhere near the party location but I was informed that young girls did attend the ceremony after darkness caved in. Come to think of it, I was the only WOMAN!
Ideally, only Morans, a select few from the respective clans and Village elders attend the the ceremony.
I managed to peep inside the enclosure: temporary manyattas had been put using tree branches. They used the manyattas as rest lounges. This was necessary considering they spent three days in the forest and went back to their respective villages on the fourth day.
Although the Morans did not want us taking pictures of the ceremony, my colleague somehow managed to convince the leader with the promise that we would send them the pictures once we got back to Nairobi.
Let these few pictures tell the story.
Thank you for passing by.
Tags: Illmuget, Kenya, Mt. Kulal, Samburu Morans, travel
Wow this is so nyce.Lovely blog indeed
Thank you Cynthia.
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