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Enkipaata, Eunoto and Olngesherr: three male rites of passage of the Maasai community. ©UNESCO 2010
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Enkipaata, Eunoto and Olngesherr: three male rites of passage of the Maasai community

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During these three interrelated rites of passage, a group or age-set of Maasai boys pass together from being children to being morans (warriors), then adults and then elders. Enkipaata is a circumcision rite inducting boys into the first stages of moranhood. Eight years later, Eunoto marks the passage into adulthood and the adoption of adult responsibilities, while Olngesherr marks the end of life as a moran and the beginning of eldership. Young morans are educated by Maasai elders through apprenticeship, mentorship, guidance and frequent consultation.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Kenya
Series: 2010 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Danson Siminyu, director. PPMC, producer.
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