„Samburu District, Kenya (Nigel Pavitt)“

from the gallery of John Warburton-Lee Photography

Samburu initiates sing during the month after their circumcision. As their wounds heal, their dances become more energetic. Before long, they imitate the dances of the warriors which, hitherto, they have been forbidden to perform. They spend much of their time wandering in the countryside attempting to kill as many birds as they can with a club and four blunt arrows. When a bird is killed, it is skinned without using a knife, stuffed with dry grass and attached to a boy's headband by means of its beak. An enthusiastic hunter may collect more than a dozen skins.

Picture ID: 931ebc2