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Forest Retreat Photograph by Randy Olson
Following their warrior initiation by circumcision, Maasai youths of similar ages pass through many stages together before they can eventually become senior elders. At Mesheli in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a group of warriors dance, sing, drink, and eat to celebrate the end of an orpul, a forest retreat. During orpul, which might last weeks, the young men slaughter livestock and feast on meat; elders also teach them about medicinal plants and other traditional cultural practices.
Camera: Canon EOS-1DS Mark II Film Type: Digital Lens: 24mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/197 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Sunny Time of Day: Late afternoon Lighting Techniques: Fill strobe