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Masai Goat Sacrifice

By SimonFletch  
Thank you all who Voted and Commented on Lunch 70 - In The 'Bush'. Yes, we are back earlier than expected from Meru, due to the poor state of both the park and the Lodge. Despite reading about the road infrastucture and Lodges having been upgraded and refurbished, work seems to be incomplete. Roads are 'corrugated', so the vehicle was banging up and down and speech came out as "uh-uh-uh-uh". The wildlife are very skittish and shy (the park is not frequented by many vehicles and engine noise makes them so).

Our Guide was the worst driver ever. The roads have deep ditches each side and 3-point turns were laughable. He rolled the vehicle just over the edge of each ditch and unsuccessfully attempted to reverse, without first applying the handbrake, resulting in the vehicle ending up at the bottom of the ditch with a 'bang'. Excusable once, but not so funny after many such 'bangs'. Yes, the handbrake did work - he applied it every time we were outside the Lodge entrance, then wondered why the vehicle wouldn't move when he attempted to pull away.

He claimed to be a Silver Grade Guide, but called an Olive Baboon a Monkey, a Crowned Plover a Lapwing and had never heard of a Martial Eagle, repeating the words over and over to himself, after we identified one such bird.

The final sin was when the Lodge ran out of Kenya's top-selling beer 'Tusker'. Harrrumph..!

Plans are afoot for another adventure and I'll let you know more, when finalised.

Today's 'Lunch'
You will have noted that the title of today's upload breaks the sequence of 'Lunches'? The reason behind this is to give due warning to all my EPZ friends who are of a delicate disposition. The next 7 uploads will feature scenes which may turn the stomachs of some, while delighting the more blood-thirsty ones.

Masai people have been on this earth for centuries (some historians argue their existence exceeds 3,000 years). Their lands once covered most of the Rift Valley and have been depleted by both English settlers for their ranches and the Kenya Government for Game Parks, e.g. Masai Mara and Nairobi National Park. Cities areas like Nairobi once belonged to the Masai. They used to have no 'money' as we know it, their wealth being their livestock. Today, educational programs are enticing the Masai to learn farming husbandry and sell their cattle, in order to school their children (it was delightful to drive past schools with uniformed children playing happily, on the way up to the Mara - at juxtaposition to the very young children herding sheep, goats and cows in the adjoining land).

My interpretation of the Masai diet includes the regular eating of roots, leaves and other 'medicines' Before eating or drinking what they do; as a preventative, rather than the Western way of taking medicines After a bout of illness. It is this practice which enables the Masai to eat raw meat and drink animal blood, where it would make us very ill indeed. I found the Traditional Slaughtering of a Goat by Masai to be most interesting and I hope you do too. If you decide to opt out of viewing the series, I wouldn't blame you in the least - and if you drop me a PM, I'll be delighted to let you know when it's all over.

Have a Marvelous Monday everyone....!

PS: I have agreed with Karen (Junior Gallery Team) to add an Adult tag to the upcoming series. Karen will remove the tag, if she feels that it is unwarranted. A good decision, I feel, so that Karen will be able to look after the interests of our young EPZers (the youngest is just 3 years old..!!)

Tags: Photo journalism Maasai Goat Masai mara Masai Olare Orok Conservancy

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 3:58AM
If eating meat is our lifestyle choice then we have to be able to view its slaughter so I shall set aside my squeamishness to view this series Simon on condition that you view my latest vegetarian flower post without making any disparaging comments about its execution!

Superb capture of the Masai tribesman in this initial image from the series. I shall look forward (with a certain amount of trepidation) to the rest.

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
17 Mar 2014 4:40AM
In my state such system also exist in the tribal area,well captured.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Mar 2014 5:53AM
Sorry to hear your latest trip did not turn out as well as expected, Simon, no doubt you have something up your sleeve for the next forage into the wilderness Smile
An excellent capture of these very colourfully dressed masai people, but one has to feel sorry for the goat about to be sacrificed, I hope the execution of it was quick and painless, and not performed by your driver Wink Carol
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:27AM
Dinner about to go on I see.
Very well taken in hash light..

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 7:04AM
A quite eventful trip Simon, your 'Silver Grade' guide seems to be somewhat tarnished to say the least, and as for running out of Tusker well there is no going back from that one.

I was lucky enough to spend six weeks working with the Masai people in the Masai Mara many years ago as part of the British Army. These people are very knowledgable into the ways of living and surviving the harsh conditions on the Mara. Many fond memories.

Regards Nathan
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 7:45AM
The way he's looking at you Simon I think you could be for the chop next take care old boy . A fine colourful shot well taken
17 Mar 2014 8:16AM
Fine composition Simon,
An excellent life style image about the Msai people , Simon with a great narrative. Welcome back.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Mar 2014 9:18AM
I've been in a bring it on!!! WinkGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:20AM
Might be a tad uncomfortable, but I bet you won't forget it!
Regardless of photographers, life has to go on, comes to mind when I look at this image. Excellent shot Simon.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Mar 2014 10:19AM
So nice to see you back Simon. We all have to source our food in many ways and this is just one of them.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
17 Mar 2014 10:22AM
welcome back my friend ! and agree totally with Lynnejoyces comment
17 Mar 2014 11:26AM
This should be an interesting series....other cultures, through history, have also death with sacrifice, including goats, including my own, in Biblical times.

And, regarding your guide and his driving, have you ever seen the movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Simon?

17 Mar 2014 2:14PM
Welcome back Simon, I love the colours here in the warriors clothes, Im afraid I am too squeamish to view the up coming photos whick I know will be wonderful.
Teddy and I will just skip those if you dont mind

Best wishes to you and sorry that your trip was a wash out really
17 Mar 2014 2:26PM
Sorry to hear the trip didn't go too well, but glad you are back!

Looking forward to the series, but will be feeling a bit sorry for the goat! Actually I was already looking for V2 etc on this upload to see if you were going to be serving up more (so to speak).

I like how the goat is looking away as if he can't bear to see what is going to happen!!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 3:55PM
Sounds not for the fainthearted Simon,
but you will be showing how different cultures live their lives.
And we have been warned too !!
A well coloured offering to start the offering here !!
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 5:29PM

Quote:Sorry to hear your latest trip did not turn out as well as expected, Simon, no doubt you have something up your sleeve for the next forage into the wilderness Smile
An excellent capture of these very colourfully dressed masai people, but one has to feel sorry for the goat about to be sacrificed, I hope the execution of it was quick and painless, and not performed by your driver Wink Carol

A splendid colourful shot
6 3 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:27PM
Lovely image and I for one will be looking with interest at your next few uploads.Grin
Thank you also for your kind commentWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Mar 2014 6:54PM
Glad to hear that the "Gentleman Adventurer" has returned back to basecamp unscathed after his latest escapades. I'm sure your "Silver Grade Guide" has now been demoted to Bronze or even been removed from his position after your complaints!Wink This is a very colourful travel shot showing the Masai warriors in their tribal dress. I look forward to viewing your upcoming series which will give us a fascinating insight into their culture. Your next installments of lunch may prove too much for many on here to stomach but it will take more than that to put me off, just about the only thing that would deter me from viewing would be if you were to upload a naked self portrait heaven forbid!Blush
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 8:17PM
Excellent image, sorry your adventure wasn't quite as you had hoped,

Ali Grin
17 Mar 2014 10:05PM
Welcome back Simon. I was hoping it wasn't lunch but I was wrong. Not sure I will be able to view them but I will give it a go. Apologies in advance if I don't comment but just vote.

Sounds like you were on Red Letter Off Roading Experience! I bought one for Raymond and Jozef but luckily did not have to travel as far as you did!

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 5:57PM
Not something I would want to witness live Simon but we must respect the ways of life of other civilisations.

dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
23 Mar 2014 11:14PM
I've been looking at these images in reverse order as I catch up.
I wouldn't have said any of these images needed an adult tag unless kids these days are so namby pamby (more likely their lily-livered parents). I would have lapped these up when I was a child Grin

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