Maasai: from Warriors to Elders

Thousands of Maasai men with their heads coated in red ochre, and clad in traditional red and purple shawls, congregated this week for a ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders).

Around 15,000 men from all over Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania gathered in Maparasha Hills in Kajiado County, 128 km from Nairobi, to feast on an estimated 3,000 bulls and 30,000 goats and sheep.

The ceremony occurs once every decade at the site, which is surrounded by hills and dotted with acacia trees.
The arrival of the novel coronavirus in March forced a postponement of the ceremony, which was meant to have been held earlier in the year.

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