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Maasai Elders

The end of the period of senior warriorhood, in which a man is already married and has a family, is called Ol Ngesher ('Legs Drawn Astride').

As an elder (of which there are, again, various stages, of which I remain ignorant except as to some names: ilpayiani, iltasatior or ilmoruak), both men and women assume responsibilities pertaining to the administration of the whole clan.

There is no centralized, cohesive authority, as the Maasai have neither headmen nor chiefs, although ritual leaders (laiboni) are consulted for advice. Decisions are taken by consensus, and are rarely challenged.

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