They tell that in the past the lizard “roog” went to a woman’s hut and asked: “Give me the twirling stick “lkipire” that I may lick so that if you die you may rise again.”
The woman answered: “I do not care if I die! Besides, who are you to tell me this? Are you God? Leave me and go if you don’t want me to beat you.”
The Samburu does not put much emphasis on the solar eclipse and there is no reliable explanation on how it came to be. Sometimes they believe when a solar eclipse occurs it shows rains will delay.
It is a custom in our Samburu community not to perform any celebration during the lunar cycle that follows the lunar eclipse because they say:”Kebarn ele apa likae” [This moon shaves the other one] , meaning that the new moon following the lunar eclipse is the one who removes the mourning for the death of the previous moon.
Only during the second lunar cycle after the eclipse people will start doing their celebration as usual. So, if a lunar eclipse takes place in January, the moon of February is unpropitious “ketolo” for any celebration, because “it shaves the moon of January”; only the moon of March is suitable for a celebration.
Among all the heavenly objects the one that is of paramount importance for the Samburu is the moon. Our people call it “lapa”, because of “keapa” meaning “it is involved in a lot of things”. All kinds of celebrations cannot be done without the moon.