Among the Maasai, the process of moving into adulthood is still very steeped in structured ceremony and tradition, for both boys and girls. To become men, boys are ritualistically circumcised as teenagers. The process of circumcision among the Maasai is called Emuratare.
Prior to being circumcized, the boys traditionally must herd livestock in the field for seven days straight, then return and stand throughout the night in the cold, followed by a cold shower. After this, depending on the norms of your group, you are taunted and/or beaten by the men of your family tribe prior to the circumcision ceremony also attended by male family. The process is done without anesthetic, and to flinch even the eye, or move at all, is to be dishonored. As explained by my good friend James (a Maasai, but not pictured) , if you flinch or move at all, you are not really allowed to fully become a man thereafter. The only support one is allowed during the process are select family members who are there to hold you and for you to lean against. In this photo, the traditional facepaint and black robes of a young man who has successfully completed circumcision is shown. These young men are known as Skolio. They must wear all black and are often covered in foul smelling subtances to keep others, except for other skolio away from them. For 4-8 months they are free to rove in bands of skolio and do what they want. Kinda like an Amish Runspringa , except no girls. 😄🙃 Skolio are not allowed to approach women at all. After this period has past, the boys return to the tribe recognized as an adult. I love learning about different cultural norms and the reflections it gives me on my values/norma and what others see as their preferred life-way. So much to learn and experience and contrast in the world. One of the reasons I love to travel. What thoughts come to mind for you? #WorldTravel #Traditions #Adventure #Trekking #Global #TraditionalCulture #AncientWays #PrimitiveSkills #Outdoors #Africa #SurvivalSkills #RightsOfPassage #WildPlaces #Tanzania #NomadTheFilm