“Rings Of Regal Attire”

Rings Of Regal Attire. The Maasai.
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Out on the Serengeti, I found the draping of the Maasai beaded jewelry to be works of art.

Dressed in red sheets, (shuka), wrapped around their bodies with loads of beaded jewelry placed around their necks and arms, their appearance was one of regality. The beaded jewelry is worn by both men and women and may vary in color depending on the occasion.

“Aboard Blog Of The Week” Interviews Through Harold’s Lens

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I feel truly honored today to have been selected Aboard Blog of the Week .

Open this Aboard Blog of the Week link and you’ll discover the interview Through Harold’s Lens did with Aboard Blog of the Week.

There are thousands of Blogs out there. They asked me to be their participating guest this week and to answer a few questions. In answering them I learned more about myself and was able to take readers behind my lens with experiences as to what makes me click and how I do it.

Hope you enjoy.

Thank you Aboard Blog of the Week.

“My Cute Maasai”

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This little Maasai is a cute story.

After I took this photo, he followed me everywhere in the Maasai village out on the Serengeti. I asked my Maasai guide about him. He said he loved my camera. The Maasai see mostly small point & shoot cameras. Mine is an SLR with a large lens. I shot a few more images of him. Then hung the camera strap over his neck and showed him how to click the shutter and shoot. Wow! All his buddies came over and he photographed all of them.

Fun for him! Fun for me! Great memories for both!

“Awaits Her Warrior”

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The Serengeti’s late afternoon sun cast long black shadows through the sharp thorn fence surrounding her village.

Menacing black spikes grew in front of her on the vast bare earth.

The Maasai woman stood absolutely iron statue still for hours outside the front door of her one room circular home built with mud, grass, wood and cow dung. Her eyes were focused to the East.

She was waiting for her warrior husband to return from the veld.

“Out On The Veld”


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The Maasai people reside in both Tanzania and Kenya.

They are a small tribe, accounting for only about 0.7 percent of Tanzania’s population, with a similar number living in Kenya.

Maasai speak Maa, a Nilotic ethnic language from their origin in the Nile region of North Africa.

“Smallest Warrior”


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A small warrior.

Only 15.

I found him out on the Serengeti with five of his buddies. They were all 15-year old warriors to be and of great importance as a source of pride in the Maasai culture.

To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the world’s last great warrior cultures.

From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man (helder) and a warrior. The role of a warrior is to protect their animals from human and animal predators, to build kraals (Maasai homes) and to provide security to their families.

“Hands That Herd”


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What I think is amazing about these hands are the numerous age lines and the texture. I found these hands out on the Serengeti. They belong to a Maasai warrior to be who had been herding his tribe’s cattle all of his life.

He was only 15.

“Warrior In Training”


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Maasai young boy about 15, who has just completed one of the Maasai Rites of Passage, Emuratta(circumcision). It is performed without pain killers. He is then sent out into the plains alone for six months and is not allowed to bathe.

I found him on the Serengeti.

“Warrior To Be”

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Wearing traditional white chalk paste in circles around his eyes, this young 15-year old Maasai boy is celebrating his completion of the three main rites of passage of the Maasai.

“Matriarch”


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The creative talents of the Maasai are passed down from generation to generation. The jewelry is always made by the Maasai women. Relatives and fellow tribe members help each other.

“Sunset Over The Serengeti”


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“Nowhere in the world do you find sunsets like in Africa.The crimson is deeper, the blue more brilliant and the purple hues appear in sequential shades that seem that seem impossible. Even if the colours don’t fascinate you, the atmosphere will dazzle even the most blunted soul”.

Imagine: Africa! by Amos van der Merwe. Blog: http://rolbos.wordpress.com

“Cultural Curiosity”


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Childhood passes swiftly for Maasai girls. Traditionally married in their teens, their prime duty is to produce sons to increase the father’s prestige within the community.

“Prey”


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Slowly our Land Rover rolled down the dusty dirt road through the Serengeti of Maasai country. As we were meandering around a curve I spotted a herd of sheep and goats.

Then I looked behind them.

Spotting this little Maasai carrying the baby lamb all alone on the veld I called “halt”.

Leaping from the Land Rover, I ran about 10 yards, kneeled down and fired my Nikon.

“Predator”


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In the dark of night.

From five miles away.

Maasai villagers hear the loud roar of the male lions.

Weighing over 500 pounds, a man-eater is possibly stalking the Maasai village.

While lions do not usually hunt people, man-eating behavior in rural areas of the Serengeti increased greatly from 1990 to 2004.

Lions attacked 815 people killing and eating 563.

“Protection”


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Thorns from the Serengeti acacia thorn tree. 3″ long. Strong. Do not bend.

To protect their animals from lions, the Maasai cut limbs from these trees and carefully weave a long 6′ high fence circling the “inside” of their villages.

Inside the thorn fence, their animals. At night.

Outside the thorn fence, the Maasai. In mud, grass-thatched huts.

On one of my journey’s into a Maasai village with my camera I spotted something I wanted to shoot. It was very close to me. I backed up a few feet. Right into the Maasai 6′ high thorn fence. The sharp thorns entered the backs of my legs. Fifty long needles pierced my legs. I was off balance. I was falling over backwards.

A Maasai warrior grabbed my arm and jerked me upright. I thanked him and wiped off my sweat. Then took a look at the backs of my legs.

Blood dripping everywhere.

Thanks to the Guides and their medical box and skills.

“Beauty Of The Bead”


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The Maasai love creating their craftsmanship. I could not photograph enough of it.

The Maasai women came up to me.

Thanked me for shooting photos of them and their colorful jewelry.

Hung a necklace or wristband on me.

The jewelry now resides in our home.

“Mom’s Back”


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Very interesting how the Massai woman carry their babies behind them like this. In many parts of the undeveloped world, the babies are carried in front next to their warm, beating heart.