07 September 2008

New Warriors: The Camelboys

All Rendille boys are circumcised at least 28 years after their father. This makes them warriors, no matter what their age. These boys are all around 12-13 and have just become warriors. They will live in this role for the next 14 years until it is time for their marriage year. In that year the whole generation of warriors will become elders and new warriors will be circumcised to take their place.

The warriors are the army and the 'cowboys' of the tribe. Perhaps 'camelboys' would be a more accurate name as the camel is what they will herd, protect, and live off.
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