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A Party to Remember

Easter Sunday was a party to remember at Olbalbal. Four big goats and a sheep were slaughtered, a hundred pound bag of rice cooked, fifty pounds of potatoes prepared and a big container of cooking oil used. The hundreds of people ate till not a grain of rice was left. There was an enthusiastic church service lasting three hours. I was especially pleased that only a couple people out of over a hundred baptized took non-Maasai names. These days, in many places, even Maasai, are choosing to be baptized with traditional European saints names. Maasai names are very special. They are carefully chosen and ceremonially blessed by their parents and boma elders with milk and honey beer shortly after birth.

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