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    Victory Amah
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      The Samburu tribe are an ethnic group from central Kenya. They are known as the butterfly people due to the bright red colors, beads, necklaces, bracelets and earrings they adorn themselves with. They are pastoral nomads and they attach so much importance to livestock as it shows how wealthy a man is. They wear traditional clothes made from woven fabrics, animal skins and beads.

      There is a ceremony known as Munget Lemouyo performed by the Samburu people. This is a male coming of age ceremony from a junior elder to the senior age class.

      At age 14, there is a celebration of the warrior’s coming of age after circumcision. This ceremony occurs once every 7 years and it happens towards the end of august. 

      After this ceremony, they enter the age grade “moran” (this is the maasai word for warrior). During this stage, they live separated in the bush or move to special Moran Manyattas. They learn tribal customs and develop their strength, courage and endurance. Once they are 15 years, they stop cutting their hair; they dye it with red ochre and also decorate themselves with necklaces and feathers.

      6 years after the Munget Lemuoyo, the Moran graduation occurs. This graduation ceremony is an initiation into becoming an elder and therefore they now have the ability to marry in the community.

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