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January 18, 1969

Dear Mom and Dad,

We are going along as usual with our teaching. In one place, we expect baptism sometime in February. According to Maasai custom celebrations are held only when the moon is growing, as they say. It’s a strange thing. There are only two known tribes who calculate the beginning of the month from the time the moon begins to die. The Maasai are one and the other is the ancient Egyptians. In their stories related to the origins of the tribe, they say their fathers came from a place called Cario, somewhere to the north of Kenya. No one seems to have any clear idea where the place is, but some of the anthropologists who have made a study of the Maasai say that very possibly it’s Cairo.

Love,

Ned

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