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Meru Tigania Warriors 1923 - BJ82


The Meru Tigania men pictured here in full regalia had reached the rank of warrior in their age-grade system. The ostrich feather headdress, called an Enkurau, is worn by warriors, but only those who have not yet killed a lion. After ritual painting, a black cloak called an engilaa alamal (ceremonial skin) tops off the traditional  Enkuraru costume. The Enkuraru headdress was originally worn by warriors during raids and wars to give psychological advantage by its added height, but today is used only for major ceremonies and dances.

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