LMONGO LODUUNG’ LAAJI ~ KILLING OF A RITUAL BULL THAT PRECEDES / MARKS THE NEW AGE SET IN REGARDS TO SAMBURU CULTURE.
( Pictured boys … Ntoros enkila narok…from bendera below is among the selected ones going tomorrow to nyiro for the killing of the ritual bull.)
Circumcision of new age set is slated to be officiated by the killing of Bull .. Lmongo oduung laaji ,which will be on the even days of this moon / month .
The Samburu social set up is made of age grades according to the stages of growth of an individual and the related social responsibilities.
The grades are;
1) Nkerai (child),
2) Layeni (uncircumcised boy) ,
3)Lmurrani (Warrior), and finally the grade of
4) Lpayan (elder).
Circumcision (Muratare) is the beginning of adulthood responsibilities.
For Layiok it means to be warriors to defend the society and to build a herd for the future family.
After closing the previous age-set with the ilmuget, there is a sizeable number of candidates waiting to be circumcised into the succeeding age-set. Normally, the elders take a considerable time before a new age-