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Maasai Moran with lion headdress

Maasai Moran with lion headdress

Some years ago, I had the opportunity to safari into the Loita Hills of western Kenya to see the Maasai Eunoto ceremony. It’s held once every 15 years to mark the passing of the young warriors into senior status.  It’s an important rite of transition and is the last chance for the morans to enjoy their freedoms as warriors before their mothers shave their heads and they become elders.

I photographed this moran wearing a rarely seen relic of an old Maasai practice – the killing of a lion by spear.  Only a warrior who has killed a lion in this manner can claim to wear its mane.