We were fortunate to be invited to some of the festivities taking place the evening before several local boys were to be circumcised. The ceremony involved the trappings of most good parties, including singing, dancing, eating, and drinking. In the late afternoon, a group of recently circumcised young men surrounded the boys about to be circumcised, alternately chiding and encouraging them during hours of singing and dancing in the boma of one of the initiates. In another nearby boma, women and warriors from the previous age-set sang and danced. At sunset, warriors ran the initiates all the way down the slopes of Mount Meru to a ceremonial center in Arusha, returning just before the dawn “operation.”
Please enjoy some photographs from this very special occasion.