Samburu young girl with red neckalce - Kenya

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    The red color she wears means she is ready to be married.
    The Samburu are closely related to the Maasai. Like the Maasai, they live in the central Rift Valley area of Kenya, where the climate is semi-arid. They are seminomadic and belong to the Maa (Nilotic) speaking group of people. They do very little farming. Their livelihood depends upon the cattle, sheeps and goats they raise. They use their milk more than meat. They often drink milk mixed with cow's blood. Like their neighbours, they have to search for water and grazing land which leads them out from their homes during dry seasons. The Samburu live in huts made of branches, mud and cow dung. There is usually one big room that is very low in height. Around it, there is a fence made of thorn bushes, in which the cattle is kept at night. Most Samburu still wear traditional dress. Like the Maasai, women wear colorful beaded necklaces similar to the ones the Rendile women also wear. The number of necklaces is a sign of wealth, often given as dowry. They wear bright clothes, usually red and pink. To protect their eyes from the sun, Samburu warriors (like the Rendile) often paste their hair with ochre which creates a visor. Samburu are very spiritual people, believing and praying every day the God called Ngai. Age determines men's social status: each man has to go through various stages before becoming a powerful elder. Circumcision marks the boy’s transition to a young warrior, while girls excision is carried out on the day of marriage (usually at 16 years old).

    Les Samburu sont intimement liés aux Maasai. Comme les Maasai, ils vivent dans la zone de la vallée centrale du Rift au Kenya, où le climat est semi-aride.Ils sont semi-nomades et appartiennent au peuple de langue Maa (nilotique). Ils font peu d’agriculture. Leur moyen de subsistance dépend de leur bétail, moutons et chèvres qu’ils élèvent. Ils se servent davantage de leur lait que de leur viande. Ils boivent souvent du lait mélangé au sang de vache. De la même façon que leurs voisins, ils doivent chercher de l’eau et de nouveaux pâturages, ce qui les conduit en dehors de leurs territoires durant les saisons sèches. Les Samburu vivent dans des huttes faites de branches, boue et bouse de vache. On y trouve habituellement une grande pièce, très basse en taille. Autour, il y a une barrière faite de buissons épineux, dans lesquels le bétail est gardé la nuit. La plupart des Samburu portent encore leur costume traditionnel. Comme les Maasai, les femmes portent des colliers en perles colorés, similaires à ceux que les femmes Rendile portent aussi. Le nombre de colliers est un signe de richesse, souvent offerts en guise de don pour le mariage. Ils portent des vêtements clairs, souvent rouges et roses. Pour protéger leurs yeux du soleil, les guerriers Samburu (comme les Rendile) souvent couvrent leurs cheveux d’ocre ce qui constitue une visière.Les Samburu sont très spirituels, croyant et priant chaque jour le Dieu appelé Ngai. L’âge détermine le statut social des hommes : chaque homme doit passer par les diverses étapes avant de devenir un aîné puissant. La circoncision marque la transition du garçon vers l’âge de jeune guerrier, tandis que l’excision des filles est réalisée le jour du mariage (souvent à 16 ans).

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