The Samburu people usually got a unique way of recording exact warriors at a given age set by use of cowrie shell sewn on a special skin of sacred oxen that anoints, an age set leader (/Launoni ) and his assistance (/Labaru Nkeene ).
A high number of Samburus have not attained formal education, hence employed their own unique indigenous way of records keeping method.
Using cowrie shell stitched on the thong cut ( Nkeene ) from the bull chest, which make it easy to establish their population at any given time.
Something similar to the central bureau of statics maintains an accurate figure of the Moran’s in a particular clan.
The Samburu have eight clans who are spread across four countiesSamburu, Marsabit, Isiolo, and Laikipia .
Cowrie shell ‘ Sikira ‘ help in keeping accurate records. Every mother to a Moran is required to bring two cowrie shells which are stitched to the skin ( Nkeene ) to represent his son.
The mother of one of the leaders anointed on material day ( Lmuget lenkarna ) more so assistance ( Labaru Nkeene ) of a particular age set keeps the stitched cowrie shell thong ( Nkeene )/strapped along a special kudu horn ( Mowuo ) safely throughout the morans rite of passage.
It is constantly cleaned and sheep fat smeared as a way of preservation.
In case a Moran passes on, his cowrie shells are removed and thrown away to maintain exact warriors population.
When the warriors marry, a ceremony is later held known as Adee mowuo .. Official removal of the cowrie shells, hence each takes away the cowrie shells and handover to their wife, who will use them to make a bracelet for their first born.
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