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Maasai Boys Becoming Warrior Men

Teenage Maasai with painted faces following the "emoratta" circumcision ceremony. It is a right-of-passage ceremony which raises a young man to become a member of the warrior class. As part of the ceremony, they paint their faces with white paint and dress in dark robes.

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Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Outside Arusha, Tanzania, on road T17, Tanzania
Copyright: © Theresa Whitener