After the ceremony by Linda Sparks


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The Maasai hold a rite of passage ceremony for all boys in an age group, typically mid teens. During the ceremony many religious and cultural secret rites are performed, including circumcision. After the circumcision, the boys spend the next month dressed all in black with their faces painted with elaborate white patterns. This boy was on his way home from school, with a blue umbrella hooked at his waist—presumably to keep rain from washing off his face paint.

Our guide stopped our vehicle and went to asked the boys if they would agree to be photographed. They agreed if he would give them money. He paid up and the boys promptly ran off, giggling. It was the first time in a long trip that we saw our guide visibly angered. He didn’t expect to be hoodwinked by a couple of teenagers.

Taken north of Arusha, Tanzania, Africa on the road to the Kenyan border.

Panasonic Lumix FZ100
12/07/12 205 views

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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2 images per day 2012/07/07

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    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

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    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

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    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

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  • Thanks Magaret for all your hard work in so many groups. I’ve just booked a trip to several countries in southern Africa for next year. Can’t get enough.

    – Linda Sparks

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 2 years ago




  • WOW Pat, thanks. Even better than the trifecta!!!

    – Linda Sparks

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    July 21,2012 “Just People Features!” Wonderful capture!

  • Thanks so much for the honor.

    – Linda Sparks

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