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Rites of Womanhood - 11 Dec 2014
As Pokot tradition dictates, girls take part in a month-long ceremony that marks their coming to age and prepares them for marriage in Kenya.
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December 10, 2014
A man holds a girl as she tries to escape when she realised she is to to be married, about 80 km (50...
Baringo County, Kenya
A man holds a girl as she tries to escape when she realised she is to to be married, about 80 km (50...
A man holds a girl as she tries to escape when she realised she is to to be married, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
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December 10, 2014
A man holds onto a girl as he brings her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised...
Baringo County, Kenya
A man holds onto a girl as he brings her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised...
A man holds onto a girl as he brings her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she is to be married, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HE4N
December 10, 2014
Pokot men stand near the home of a girl to be taken as wife for a member of their group, about 80 km...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot men stand near the home of a girl to be taken as wife for a member of their group, about 80 km...
Pokot men stand near the home of a girl to be taken as wife for a member of their group, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
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December 10, 2014
Pokot men and women hold a girl before she is taken away by a group of men to be married to a member...
Unknown, Kenya
Pokot men and women hold a girl before she is taken away by a group of men to be married to a member...
Pokot men and women hold a girl before she is taken away by a group of men to be married to a member of their community after the group came to take her from her family home, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEIQ
December 10, 2014
A man grabs a girl to bring her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she...
Baringo County, Kenya
A man grabs a girl to bring her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she...
A man grabs a girl to bring her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she is to be married, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEMF
December 10, 2014
A man inspects the last settled dowry of several cows received for his daughter's hand in an arranged...
Baringo County, Kenya
A man inspects the last settled dowry of several cows received for his daughter's hand in an arranged...
A man inspects the last settled dowry of several cows received for his daughter's hand in an arranged marriage, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. The Pokots have developed social structure and practices that aim to optimise the chance of survival of each household in an often difficult and hostile environment. The girls are ready for marriage after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood. Picture taken December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEAS
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls wearing beads and with their faces painted, walk towards a secluded place slightly more than...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls wearing beads and with their faces painted, walk towards a secluded place slightly more than...
Pokot girls wearing beads and with their faces painted, walk towards a secluded place slightly more than a week prior to an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County November 25, 2014. They are part of a group of over a hundred girls that will take part in the initiation ceremony lasting one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. Picture taken November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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December 10, 2014
A Pokot girl gets her braids done by her friends prior to an initiation ceremony marking her passing...
Baringo County, Kenya
A Pokot girl gets her braids done by her friends prior to an initiation ceremony marking her passing...
A Pokot girl gets her braids done by her friends prior to an initiation ceremony marking her passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, December 5, 2014. She is part of a group of over a hundred girls that will take part in the initiation ceremony lasting one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. Picture taken December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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December 10, 2014
Pokot girls wearing beads and animal skins sit in a secluded hut one week prior to an initiation ceremony...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls wearing beads and animal skins sit in a secluded hut one week prior to an initiation ceremony...
Pokot girls wearing beads and animal skins sit in a secluded hut one week prior to an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County November 24, 2014. They are part of a group of over a hundred girls that will take part in the ceremony lasting one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. Picture taken November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEKF
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over...
Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEFS
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls punch a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls punch a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over one hundred girls passing over...
Pokot girls punch a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. Each of the girls taking part of the initiation will punch the young bull until the animal is exhausted and then the men of the community will kill the animal from a blow to the head and a spear thrust to the heart. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
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December 10, 2014
Pokot men grab a bull for an elder of the community to bless during an initiation ceremony of over a...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot men grab a bull for an elder of the community to bless during an initiation ceremony of over a...
Pokot men grab a bull for an elder of the community to bless during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony will last one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEFK
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls hit a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls hit a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into...
Pokot girls hit a young bull as part of an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. Each of the girls taking part of the initiation will punch the young bull until the animal is exhausted and then the men of the community will kill the animal from a blow to the head and a spear thrust to the heart. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
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December 10, 2014
A young bull lies dead on the ground after having been killed by a blow to the head and a spear thrust...
Baringo County, Kenya
A young bull lies dead on the ground after having been killed by a blow to the head and a spear thrust...
A young bull lies dead on the ground after having been killed by a blow to the head and a spear thrust to the heart during a Pokot initiation of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, December 6, 2014. Each of the girls taking part of the initiation will punch the young bull until the animal is exhausted and then the men of the community will kill it. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEL5
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls and boys dance together during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls and boys dance together during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over...
Pokot girls and boys dance together during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. At the end of the ceremony, the girls and the boys of the community dance together, supervised by elders. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEKZ
December 10, 2014
A Pokot man holds a lamb as he blesses over a hundred girls during an initiation ceremony marking the...
Baringo County, Kenya
A Pokot man holds a lamb as he blesses over a hundred girls during an initiation ceremony marking the...
A Pokot man holds a lamb as he blesses over a hundred girls during an initiation ceremony marking the girls' passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEGR
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls walk in line during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood,...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls walk in line during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood,...
Pokot girls walk in line during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
KENYA-CULTURE/
RTR4HEJO
December 10, 2014
Pokot girls and adults stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing...
Baringo County, Kenya
Pokot girls and adults stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing...
Pokot girls and adults stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony will mark the girls coming to age and they will be able to be married. For most, their marriages have already been arranged. During the ceremony the girls will sing and stay standing from the afternoon through out the night and the morning after. Picture taken December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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