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Young Maasai warriors wash their hands before a meal during an inauguration ceremony of their leader held in Kilo village, Mashuuru District, south of Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, Dec. 20. Some 1,000 morans from attended the ceremony to inaugurate their chief councillor called 'Olaiguenani lenkashe', which literally means 'the leader of the calves'. Age groups are the central units of Maasai society and every age group has its own leader who is appointed through elaborate rituals and given various decision making authorities to lead his group. Members of his age group are expected to respect and follow the leader's decisions and to refrain from contradicting him as they grow up together until the end of their age group's period to be promoted as senior warriors, or junior elders, through a coming of age ceremony called 'Eunoto', and start families. The morans of Il Kibulu age group, somewhere between 12-25 years of age, smear themselves in the Maasai's favorite color, red, with red ocher pigment and paste of cow fat. The ceremony, which takes place every 10 years or so, was attended by thousands of members of Maasai communities and prominent guests including Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga.