Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photo Of the Week: Punctual Masai Warrior (Kenya)

The rich red clothing and colourful jewellery of the Masai tribesmen is wonderful in contrast to the dry grasslands. However the shiny metallic wrist-watch seems totally out of place.

Other South-East African Posts
Rocks and Rhinos (Zimbabwe)
Lake of Stars (Malawi)
Hunting the Imaginery Line (Equator)
Sunrise over the Masai Mara (Kenya)
Top Ten African Travel Wonders


Cecil Lee said...

Haha.. tribesmen wearing Rolex? Must be getting it by exchanging pose for photo shooting!! :)

Trotter said...

Hi Mark! Sorry for another long absence, but after a busy start of the year I decided to make a break during the Carnival week, anticipating new hard weeks ahead!!

And what about the sneakers? The Masai at the village I visited had sneakers on... ;))

Meanwhile, Blogtrotter 2 (there is a new one...) is in Haiti waiting your comments. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!!

Ant said...

Just curious — did you have to pay for this photo? I heard recently that the Masai are known for demanding fees for photos.

Mark H said...

@cecil: I am sure the watch came because someone paid for a photo.

@ant: I didn't pay for the photo but I know a lot of people do. Many of the African tribal areas demand photography money.

Shannon said...

Gotta love the arm bling on the warrior! Great photo.

Mark H said...

@shannon: The bling seems so incongruous but is worn with such pride.

Anonymous said...

Bling in all cultures is valued. When I met some Masai I was asked back home for dinner. It took awhile to realise that the traditional exchange would be a gift and he really wanted my clothes. A different bent on an old theme.

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Mark H said...

@anonymous: An invitation to lunch with the Masai sounds a very special experience.

@anonymous: I hope that you'll enjoy the blog.

Mike said...

That is a very amusing image. I wonder if it is a genuine Rolex :P

Mark H said...

@mike: I was also a bit interested in how good the watch is. Tricky to tell but there seemed to be plenty of people bartering goods for photos/access to Masai villages etc (bit unseemly really).

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