Mau Mau Oathing

Two women taking a Mau Mau oath


Two elderly Kikuyu women taking a Mau Mau oath in the 1950s. In this case, the oath was administered by their licking twigs that had been dipped in the blood of a sacrificial goat.

Credit: photo scanned from the newspaper article "Ein Seltsames Paar - Jomo Kenyatta, Louis Leakey und die Mau-Mau-Rebellion in Kenia", by Andreas Eckert, in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), 23 October 2002. The photo is credited only as "Archive".

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