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I’m sticking with black

Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. The Maasai traditionally don’t wear green clothing or jewelry using green beads. Things are changing these days and there is an occasional green cloth to be seen and even jewelry with touches of green. I met a lady yesterday wearing the immensely popular and durable plastic shoes. I asked her why she was wearing green ones. She told me: “It is true. We didn’t used to wear any green stuff, but now people wear what they like. I like my green shoes.”

Black, on the other hand, is a very significant color for the Maasai. It is the color of the rain clouds and hence symbolizes God’s loving care for the Maasai, his people. For example, people wear black when they go on pilgrimage to pray at places like Oldoinyo Le’nKai, the mountain of God. When leading church services, I wear black for the same reason. It is our “praying color.”

I’ve hear that in the orient, white is worn a funerals, whereas in the West the tradition was to wear black when mourning a loved one. These days in the West, we mostly wear white at funerals signing our belief that death is a transition to new life. Here at Olbalbal I’m sticking with black, even on St. Patrick’s Day.

6 Responses to “I’m sticking with black”

  1. Interesting Ned…  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. Martha Stovall on 17/03/2012 #

    Have a great St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m not wearing green either.  Being the New Yorker that I am, I’m all in black.

  3. Ned Marchessault on 17/03/2012 #

    Thanks Steve. You and Heather also have a good day.

  4. Ned Marchessault on 17/03/2012 #

    Martha, why would New Yorker’s dress in black? I hope you and Ron also have a good day.

  5. Sharon Marchessault on 23/03/2012 #

    Interesting…Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day.  I wore green and went and saw the Irish band Lunasa who were terrific!

  6. Ned Marchessault on 23/03/2012 #

    Sharon, Wish I had been there to go with you. Sounds like you had a good time. I enjoy Irish singing and dancing…don’t know how many times I watched “River Dance.”

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