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Reasons Why Age set in Our communities is Important

MissRova
By MissRova | self meida writer
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The age sets provided self-regulating systems where each member ensured his age set and grade was viewed positively. A nickname relating to some idiosyncrasy of the members of the 'Siritiet' or commemorating an event which occurred at the time of their circumcision was widely used. Each member therefore, worked hard to ensure their age set or grade acquired a good name and this consequently, served as a self-regulating process of behaviour management. Between members of the same age set, was a powerful sentiment of unity and mutual obligation which cut across the community.

Warriors of a recently initiated age grade were formally charged with military protection of the tribe at a ceremony known as saketab eito ( Sakobei) at which the retiring warriors in turn acquired the status of elders and the right to participate in the civil and judicial administration of the community. Subsequently, the age set system also exercised control upon marriage in as much as a Kalenjin man was not allowed to marry the daughter of a Kalenjin of his own age set since he was regarded as a brother.

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