The Whistling Thorn

Whistling thorn

The whistling thorn, which is invaluable for the Maasai in making stockades, is so-called because of the noise it makes when the wind blows. The cause is a species of ant which likes to live inside the strange spheres at the base of some thorns; the holes they make create the whistling sound.

Credit: photo copyright © Jens Finke, 1998.


Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya
Copyright Jens Finke, 2000-2003

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