Maasai

Maasai

Warrior's Rite of Passage

Streaming Video - 2009
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Entering a world of long-held rituals and traditions, this program examines the ancient tribal initiation of the Maasai warrior. Through unprecedented access to the three-day ceremony, the film documents the process by which Maasai boys and young men in Kenya's Shampole region come of age. Viewers will learn about the ceremonial duties of various tribal members-including the leader of the initiates and a prominent Maasai woman, both of whom describe the rewards of participation. As hundreds of Maasai converge on the manyatta, or village, the program shows warriors suffocating a sacrificial bull, drinking its blood directly from a neck incision, butchering the animal, and cooking and eating its flesh. Traditional dances, singing, and foraging are also depicted.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (41 min.) : sd., col., digital file
Uniform Title: Warrior's rite of passage

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