The men and women who stay at the Masai Mara reserve, were once in constant conflict with the wild beasts who lurk in their backyard. Killing a lion would be part of their culture and would be the ultimate approval of ones bravery. Warriors who have killed a lion traditionally wore a headdress made of the lion’s mane called “Olwaru” while those who are yet to kill their first lion, wore a headdress made of ostrich feathers, called “Enkuraru" - as seen in this photograph.

Fortunately today, they don't indulge in hunting down these animals anymore but rather they guard them and keep safe distance to prevent any conflicts. For all we know, killing a lion may make you a "man" but protecting one makes you a human.

Meanwhile, while the headgear pronounced their social status and symbolized their achievements, colors that make up the headgear and their costume has stories of their own. While Red depicts bravery and strength, Blue stands for energy and sustenance. Green represents nourishment and production, while Orange symbolizes warmth, friendship, generosity and hospitality. Yellow highlights fertility and growth while White advocates purity and health.


Subodh Shetty


A Travel photographer hailing from India and based in Dubai for the past 14 years, Subodh Shetty is a multi-disciplinary photographer. With Portraits and Street photography as the main area of focus, Subodh also associates himself with Wildlife, Astro, Drone, and Deep Space Photography. “World is my canvas and I’m nothing but a painter,” he says when asked about his multi-genre approach.

Subodh runs his travel photography company, ‘Photowalk Connect,’ in Dubai and has done over 75 Travel workshops across the globe. His works have been published in Nat Geo, Guardian, CNTraveller, Practical Photography, Nikon Asia, and more. His work has been published across 5 continents as part of the ‘Atlas of Humanity’ collective. Subodh has also done TEDx Talks in Dubai and is an affiliated photographer with Nikon.



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