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In the September 1999 issue of National Geographic Magazine there is quite an interesting article that has been written by Carol Beckworth and Angela Fisher It deals with the Masai Warriors of Kenya and how their culture recognizes an adolescent male that is becoming a man or entering manhood The Masai warriors are a group of semi- nomadic people who live on the border of Kenya and Tanzania They are a relatively small group with only about 300000 people in their culture They hunt for their food with spears they live in small homes made out of cow dung and their most advanced form of technology seems to be the bark shoes that they wear on their feet They are fairly quiet subdued people and they seem to ignore the changing world around them Their customs greatly differ from the outside world and many of them would nowadays be called very inhumane and primitive But these ways are the only ways that they know But unfortunately it may not always be that way The Masai culture finds the changing of boy to man to be a very important event in life It is not something that will just happen on its own It is not something that takes place over the course of a decade either It is a very spiritual ritual that occurs over a four-day period This event is known as Eunoto It is a very rigorous very challenging and almost an inhumane ceremony Eunoto involves the slaying of a lion the skinning of a buffalo sexual intercourse with prepuburtal and uncircumcised young girls the erection of a new building for each young man involved and very often the hysterical trance of a young man during which he may attempt to slay himself with a spear The young man being initiated finally ends the ritual by having his hair cut off by his mother This very important
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