Gordwin Odhiambo

Photographer
    
Enkipaata
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality: Kenyan
Biography: Hi, I am a documentary photographer born, raised, and based in Nairobi, Kenya. I aim to capture the essence of a place vividly exploring ways in which the visuals I take will aid the development of the story. Among the topical issues, I explore... read on
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Enkipaata
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Updated 08/18/21
Enkipaata is one of the three main rights of passage of the Maasai community. During these three interrelated rites of passage, a group or age-set of Maasai boys pass together from being children to being morans (warriors), then adults, and then elders. 
Enkipaata is also one of UNESCO's cultural intangible heritage.Young boys age 12 to 15 years from mostly East African countries gathered to commemorate this occasion.
Eight years later, Eunoto marks the passage into adulthood and the adoption of adult responsibilities, while Olngesherr marks the end of life as a moran and the beginning of eldership. Young morans are educated by Maasai elders through apprenticeship, mentorship, guidance, and frequent consultation.
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