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Kenya's Maasai gather for ceremony to turn warriors into elders
Thousands of Maasai men clad in red and purple shawls and with their heads coated in red ochre gathered this week for a ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders).

Around 15,000 men from all over Kenya and neighboring Tanzania congregated in Maparasha Hills in Kajiado County, 128 km from Nairobi, to feast on an estimated 3,000 bulls and 30,000 goats and sheep.

The ceremony occurs once every decade at the site, which is surrounded by hills and dotted with acacia trees.
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato jostle to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato jostle to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood, as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai elders slaughter a bull for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai elders slaughter a bull for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony ...
Maasai elders slaughter a bull for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha...
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato run to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato run to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai man of Matapato clan drinks water from a cow horn as he attends the Olng'esherr (meat-eating)...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
A Maasai man of Matapato clan drinks water from a cow horn as he attends the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in...
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage,o after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai woman sings for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in...
A Maasai woman sings for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato clan stand outside a manyatta house after attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating)...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato clan stand outside a manyatta house after attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai man of Matapato clan applies red ochre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
A Maasai man of Matapato clan applies red ochre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite...
Kajiado, Kenya
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado...
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage , after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony, in...
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai women sing for their men of Matapato clan before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato clan apply red orchre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato clan apply red orchre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato jostle to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato jostle to parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite...
Kajiado, Kenya
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado...
A Maasai elder blesses the celebrants during the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha...
Maasai youth roast meat for the celebrants before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
A Maasai man of Matapato clan applies red ochre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
A Maasai man of Matapato clan applies red ochre before attending the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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September 23, 2020
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite...
Kajiado, Kenya
Maasai men attend the Olng'esherr passage ceremony in Maparasha hills of Kajiado
Maasai men of Matapato parade as they attend the Olng'esherr (meat-eating) passage ceremony to unite two age-sets; the older Ilpaamu and the younger Ilaitete into senior elder-hood as the final rite of passage, after the event was initially postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Maparasha hills of Kajiado, Kenya September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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