A Blog to Bookmark

My old friend Olivia (who you may know as IAM:Athena) is currently traveling in Tanzania and spent the weekend with the Maasai. She’s been documenting her trip at oliviaminer.blogspot.com — check it out:

While I was taking a picture of my mom receiving the bracelet a young girl, maybe 10 years old, touched the tattoo on my ear. As she did, she noticed my earring and got a very curious look on her face. She flipped it around and saw that I did, indeed, have a large hole in my earlobe. I smiled at her and took my earring out, and she squealed! She yelled at the others and they all turned toward me, amazed. I took out my other earring and everyone started chattering loudly. John explained to them that I had been fascinated with Maasai culture since childhood, and that meeting them was a very special occasion for me. Mama Paolos daughter, whose name I didnt catch, lifted her hands up as if to say WAIT! and ran into the house.

She emerged moments later with earrings for me, and slipped them onto my ears. The women clapped, the men laughed and smiled, the children all watched in amazement. I think right then and there I floated up off the earth. The women said I was now a mzungu Maasai, or white Maasai. I dont think Ive made it back onto solid ground yet. As I write this Im still blown away by what an incredible day it was.


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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

One thought on “A Blog to Bookmark

  1. The following comments were imported from our old comment system:

    Posted on 02-27-2006 23:20:07 by queen
    That must have been such an amazing experience.

    And those earrings are priceless. I’d love to visit somewhere like that in my lifetime.

    Posted on 02-27-2006 23:32:47 by Sisyphus
    I hope she’s not lactose intolerant. =)

    Posted on 02-27-2006 23:41:35 by misplaced_ice
    That’s awesome.

    Posted on 02-28-2006 01:20:49 by outmywindow
    Oh, that’s so amazing! I honestly got chills reading that!

    Posted on 02-28-2006 01:36:04 by Marie
    That is so beautiful. I got teary eyed!

    Posted on 02-28-2006 05:00:02 by das

    What a wonderful experience, and a worthwhile thing to do with your life..

    Posted on 02-28-2006 16:09:23 by owned
    whoa. that had to have been totally awesome.

    Posted on 02-28-2006 23:19:55 by Rockerbaby
    Oh that is just too dear :)

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