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Maasai Warrior Ritual

After their circumcision and graduation from childhood, Maasai boys become men and enter the next stage of their life, Moranhood, or warriorhood.


Warriors are initiated over an almost 7 year period and remain warriors from their mid-teens to early thirties. Junior warriors, called ilkeliani, are instructed by senior warriors in cattle raiding, war tactics and hunting strategies.

During this time the junior warriors live with their families, but after a few years, once they reach maturity, they move out and live with other warriors in a manyatta, a kraal specially built for warriors, their girlfriends, and the fire stick elders, who will continue the instruction of the warriors.


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