National Geographic : 1954 Oct
at night and by day shield the hunters from women, who must not see them eating meat (page 502). In the center of their olpul the Masai kindled fires by rubbing a round hardwood stick against one of soft wood. They roasted oxen and ate lustily, washing down the meat with warm ox blood to which powdered berries had been added. They also drank a brew made from the bark of an acacia tree. Berries and Bark Make Warriors Brave For most Masai, cattle blood, often drawn from the neck of the living animal, is their only source of salt. The berries and bark brew are excitants. The Masai maintain that such excitants make them fearless. After reaching a high pitch in a dance or after a lion hunt, some go into fits, frothing at the mouth and often barking like dogs. Others fall to the ground in a stupor. At such moments they are out of their minds, and any target may seem appropriate for spear or sword. Several evenings we strolled over to their olpul. Quite contented, the huntsmen were feasting and singing. The Bible advises: "Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself." On the eve of what might Tribesmen Clutch an Arsenal of Weapons as They Attend Their First Movie To amuse the moran during the filming of lion hunts, the author put on movie shows after sundown. "The result was electrifying," he reports (page 487). "Their expression of glee, 'ooooh-eeh! ooooh-eeh!' was repeated ten times a thousand times. The din drowned our sound." Here Chief ole Parmat (below, right) watches a show; beyond him are moran and safari boys.