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Mariella Furrer

Eunoto Ceremony

The Eunoto ceremony marks the graduation of a Samburu or Maasai warrior, moran, to a senior status within the community. The ceremony goes on for four days ritual.

An enclosure and ceremonial hut is specifically built for the ceremony and a bull is slaughtered. Each warrior, moran, sits on the same cow-hide on which he was circumcised and has his head shaved by his mother.
His freshly-shaved head is decorated with a mixture of ochre and fat. Only once the warrior has been through the Eunoto rite is he permitted to marry.

Mariella Furrer