Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Young Warrior

It wasn't unusual to see quite young boys out tending the herds of cattle, sheep and/or goats - and quite a ways from the village or any sign of civilation.  They often ran towards the road to wave to us as we passed by.

The children rotate for education; i.e. some tend to the animals while others are in school and then they switch positions.

The young boys sometimes have a short sword that they share.  At an older age they are sent off alone to survive in the wild.  After a period of time they return to the village and are declared to be warriors.  There are young warriors, warriors and elders.

This young warrior wore more beading that was usual but I'm not sure what that signifies.  He surely looks handsome!

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