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The Samburu Moran

The Samburu people live in Kenya, just above the equator, and despite the powerful forces of modernity, they take pride in being Samburu and seem to be keen on keeping the Samburu traditions alive. For example, providing a strategic position both economically and militarily, the moran phase – the warrior stage in the life of […]

The Samburu people live in Kenya, just above the equator, and despite the powerful forces of modernity, they take pride in being Samburu and seem to be keen on keeping the Samburu traditions alive.

For example, providing a strategic position both economically and militarily, the moran phase – the warrior stage in the life of Samburu men – is still desired nowadays. Because the Samburu moran has the duty to defend the community and the livestock, the moran-hood promotes values as self-respect, perseverance, courage and fellowship, giving the young men popular attention, glamour and a sense of freedom, but also a strong sense of responsibility.

The moran-hood remains the basis of Samburu pride, building a bridge between the present and their heroic past.

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Photograph by Robin Moore via robindmoore.com

Samburu moran overlooking an African panorama at sundown.

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