Senior Warrior: The Eunoto Ceremony

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The Eunoto ceremony marks the end of one age-set's period of active junior warriorhood, and their promotion as senior warriors (sometimes called junior elders). For those involved, the ceremony is the beginning of their acceptance into full adult life, which will culminate - if they live long enough - in their respected status as senior elders. Completion of the ceremony entitles them to take wives and raise families, although for many it also marks the end of the most privileged time of lives. In order to "open the way" for the initiation of the new senior warrior age-set, a young warrior of repute with leadership qualities and no physical blemish is chosen. After being approved by the laibon (ritual leader), a bullock is slaughtered and

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