This young Masai Warrior (Moran), in the Serenget, in Tanzania, Africa, has recently been circumcised as part of the cultural transition to manhood. The face paint is for all to see what he has endured and become.


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Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

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  • Albert
    Albert7 months ago


  • thanks albert for your comment

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton7 months ago

    He looks as if he is wishing he had never grown up! Geeze! :-(

  • pete
    It’s evidently a nasty procedure fro what we learned…no anesthetic, a dull instrument, and the kid MUST not cry, moan, or make a noise or be disgraced, we were told

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter7 months ago

    Ouch lol xx

  • Lynn
    Yep, not too pleasant from what we were told

    – phil decocco

  • jozi1
    jozi17 months ago

  • tony
    thanks for your note

    – phil decocco

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walter7 months ago

    Excellent capture, Phil

  • thanks lucinda for that!

    – phil decocco

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