Tangled Traditions

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Photo and caption by Nabila Khouri

A young Maasai woman has her earring untangled after dancing and chanting with other women in the sub-village of Endebezi in Loibor Siret, Tanzania. She, as well as many others, were dressed in the intricate, traditional beaded jewelry worn for the circumcision ceremony of young Maasai men. The ceremony only happens every seven to ten years and celebrates a young man's transition from boy to warrior. As western culture imposes itself onto Maasai culture, the circumcision ceremony remains the most respected ceremony and celebration for the Maasai people.

Location: Loibor Siret, Manyara Region, Tanzania


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