The Samburu People are link to be close Kin to Masai; this had been attributed to the similarities in two tribes,
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Samburu Tribe is predominantly pastoralists, they are best known as cattle-owning tribe of Africa and Warriors are regarded as significant unit in the society.
Their dialect is spoken in a more rapid manner than that of the Masai, Moreover Samburu People are well known as the “Loikop”.
The name ‘Samburu’ is also of Masai origin, ‘Samburr’ a perfect explanation over the life of carrying meat and honey on their backs.
Age-set in Samburu Society is a grouping male of the tribe has been circumcised, he joins an age-set comprised of all the young men so initiated within a period of about fourteen years and he will maintain a close affinity with these peers until death.
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As soon as a male of the tribe has been circumcised, he joins an age-set comprised of all the young men so initiated within a period of about fourteen years and he will maintain a close affinity with these peers until death. Girls do not have any age-set grouping, passing instead through two stages of life, namely girlhood and womanhood. The men on the other hand pass through three, boyhood from birth to adolescence before entering an age-set, moran-hood, from circumcision to marriage when they are warriors and elder-hood, from marriage until death. Samburu society is polygamous.
“Irony over the Land” mostly girls in Samburu tribe do not have any age-set grouping, passing instead through two stages of life, namely girlhood and womanhood (Marriage),The men on the other hand pass through three, Birth to adolescence(Boyhood) Age-set and Moran-hood (Circumcision ) to marriage when they are warriors and elder-hood (Marriage) until death.
Circumcision is a significant event in a boy’s life it his elevation from childhood to manhood, this dramatic twist of events takes place when he is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five.
A single generation of age-sets lasts on period fourteen years.
The Moran, or warriors, work closely with elders it’s a stage that is marked with vices and virtues, a cup of wise from Elders, On other end Tribes protection from external aggression, Cattle-rustling in preparation for dowry payment ahead and finally Moran-hood can only be demonstrated through affectionate attraction to a girl with lavish gifts of beads, “A Beads of Bondage”
Below is a list of Samburu Age-Sets and Chronological order Over Period of 400 Years.
400 YEARS OF SAMBURU HISTORY
AGE GROUP CIRCLE
- Lkipilash 1694
- Lwantaro 1709
- Lchingeo 1724
- Lsakanya 1739
- Lnger ejon 1753
- Lpepeet 1767
- Lmeishopo 1781
- Lkurukwa 1795
- Lpetaa 1809
- Lkipayang 1823
- Lkipiku 1837
- Lkiteku 1851
- Ltarigrig 1865
- Lmarinkon 1880
- Lterito 1893
- Lmirisho 1912
- Lkileku 1923
- Lmekuri 1936
- Lkimaniki 1948
- Lkishili 1961
- Lkiroro 1976
- Lmeoli 1990
- Lkishami 2005