This Africa. Samburu tribe
• The real Africa. Samburu tribe
Travel to Kenya has presented not only a wonderful meetings with animals of all kinds, but also familiarity with the locals. Immediately reveal the most important fact - everything is black! Let me be nepolitkorekten, but it is. Disguise it does not work, and a white see from afar. In Nairobi, Kenya, at the Cultural Center all do not care, you are white or not. Is that the promoters are very intrusive advertising their safari - see you, and try something vtyuhat. That is, white = tourist, and thus a potential buyer. In the savannah you are not only a buyer, but also a bag of money, a tip should pour out of you at every step. At the same time, no one hesitates, say about the tea at once. But it's not about that.
When I flew to the black continent, I vividly imagined this region. True, most of the film "Perhaps the gods are mad" about the little Bushman and bottle. Remember this masterpiece? So. Everything is just like that! The same savanna, wetlands, animals. True instead of Bushmen - Maasai, Samburu and even peoples pack. And a small trip to these tribes - one of the most exciting experiences for the whole trip.
The first we visited the village of Samburu tribe - right at the entrance to the national park of the same name. By the way, one of the most beautiful places in Kenya. Go easy razocharovashka - entrance fee you will be charged as much as 15 bucks, and village visits program - for a long time spent on hundreds of tourists. But this does not change the fact that the village is a real, and people really live there and not come to work. First, our driver Geoffrey shouted someone in the village - and immediately began kipish all the fuss, zaodevalis. First we ran out to meet the children, toothy, smiling.
are always surprised by the smallest - hanging behind sisters and mothers. Not a sound. At all. phlegmatic as hell. A girl on the photo for a long time we posed, and then in perfect English asked for candy. I just twitching in the car for sweet as a local guide and translator said - then you give all that no one was hurt.
The children were very many, and the village, despite the tiny size, can accommodate about 160 people. We were introduced to the leader who did not speak English. Translated local guy, by the way. many stories to tell.
The brightest representative of Samburu. Almost all women are bald, it is clear for hygienic purposes. These necklaces made of beads - their calling card. Girls like? I would wear it?
The standard program leisure activities include song and dance. Choir MVD Samburu sang something stern and jumped. In this they are very Maasai jumping reminded, yet there is something in common with them.
Then the action spread to us. In his hands was given a stick and said - jump! Hto not downloaded, one Masai! By the way, the photo made the same local guide. With the technique he knew quite well.
From dance - to the village. Women of the tribe sang a welcoming song was brought to the village and somewhere instantly disappeared. Where - you will learn later.
So, here they are - standards of beauty Samburu. Woman, married and the free model. We married ears pierced at the free - the whole. Samburu - guys polygamous, that is, they consist of a normal family men and 3-4 women.
Bead Necklace. The first thread gives father. They are red - it means that the girl is ready to search for the groom. Gradually necklaces thickness increases, new colorful decorations teaches care for the girl Moran - The Samburu warriors. The wider the necklace, the more fans a girl. After marrying, the beauty should return the gifts were out of fans. Married women have the right to wear heavy brass earrings. Additional rings hooked to these earrings, but if a woman will give birth to a boy.
Initially Samburu - nomads engaged in grazing. Wander actually in search of pasture. So their dwelling should be easily disassembled and transported. Here is the "wattle and daub" consists of a wooden skeleton and junk - cardboard, fabric, polyethylene. In the original - clay skins.
That's our guide standing outside his home. He has three wives, each of the lodge. When he was staying with some of the wives, it puts a spear near the house. It is evident from the lover protection.
In Samburu bright patriarchy. Men engaged in grazing, and women .... women all the rest - build homes, gather wood, often many kilometers away from the village, of course, prepared to eat and take care of the children. Next to me - young people - children free until the bird's rights. In Samburu have some semblance of the Chamber - are going to men 6 villages (800 people living in the villages, including children) and solve current issues. This meeting can take part only married men, Murray-warriors.
We opaque hinted that now go to look Sambursky school where many orphans - parents have died of disease or predators. So you do not regret denyuzhek leave something to the teacher. Children sang us a song "abcdefg", and a song about numbers. Sad sight, but life on our planet is multifaceted.
Kids are not sitting idle - they are from an early age graze cattle. And only in the 14 years they go into the status of warriors murranov. initiation procedure includes collective circumcision and of course holiday on this occasion.
In the meantime, we were taken to the village center, which is already covered souvenir market. That is to say, the fat point in our visit to the village. By the way, we have clearly explained how the money will be distributed. So - the entrance fee will be distributed between 6 villages, that is, all the inhabitants of the commune Samburu. All that is left to the teacher - will go to children and to the school (form for adults, books). A purchase of souvenirs - it will stay in the village.
The women usually married at 10-15 years, the social status of a married woman improves with age, and the birth of each child; respect for her comes when her sons are starting to become murranami (wiki).
Procreation is very important for Samburu. Childless women are ridiculed even children. Samburiyskie boys throw cow dung huts women considered sterile. Ritual fertility worship involves placing a clay figure in front of the home of a pregnant woman. This means that a week later, this house will be a holiday: the woman's husband, friends and neighbors gather, and a treat meat killed the bull. They then prayed together for the unborn child.