Luo men wearing headdresses

Luo men wearing headdresses
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

Description

These are Luo men going to a funeral wearing enormous headdresses, one riding an ox (rwath), another dressed in leopard skin (pien kwach) and they are all holding either a spear or a club (rungu, odunga or luth, depending on the type) which are all necessary in the funeral ceremony called tero buru (driving away death). Their headdresses of animal fur and ostrich plumes are typical of the period, although rather large. The young man in white shirt riding an ox may be too young to adorn the traditional funeral attire reserved mainly for mature respected elders but still he has to learn the art.

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
 
1998.206.6.3
Country
 
Kenya
Region
 
Nyanza
Cultural Group
 
Luo
Photographer
 
George R. Carline
Date
 
1929

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