10 September 2014

A very colorful Maasai wedding, at Ilkiloret in Maasailand 'bush'

Some of the wedding party

Rebekah, the bride, got ready in her mother's manyatta

James and Rebekah were united 10 years ago in a traditional Maasai ceremony and now have three children. But because James is a pastor in the community, they decided to now formalize their marriage with a Christian ceremony.

Rebekah, followed by her maid-of-honor, and James, followed by his best man.
It's common in Kenya for the woman to walk behind the husband.

A cluster of Maasai homes

Anytime you're in Maasailand, you'll see livestock kicking up dust - either goats or cattle.

Venue for the reception

Typical Maasai home, called a 'manyatta', made out of sticks, mud, and cow dung

Grace, in the foreground, owns a tailoring shop in Ngong town. They designed and made the clothes for the
entire wedding party and also my blouse. Jessica and I got a lift with her to the wedding.

There wasn't enough room for everyone inside the church

Grace with the mother-in-law and grandmother of Rebekah

Typical way Maasai men dress

Rebekah's grandmother is almost blind

Jessica and Rebekah's father wait to be served lunch, which included a lot of 'mbuzi' (goat meat).

With my friend, Jessica

Jessica, a friend of mine from church, invited me to join her for the wedding. She's a friend of James and Rebekah. We got there early and helped decorate the church and the reception area.

Including the rough and dusty ride to and from the venue, it was a tiring 12-hour day. But I'm glad I had the opportunity to attend. I love the barren landscapes of Maasailand and I admire the way the Maasai have held onto their traditions.


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