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La Chica is back! Orpul fever!

September 1, 2015

La Chica is back blogging!  For all her latest exploits in deepest darkest Africa (read: Masai land) keep an eye out for her future blogs too.  La Chica was so excited to be invited to her first ever Orpul, she just had to blog about it.  An Orpul is a Masai meat fest!  It’s usually men only, so La Chica assumes that these Masai men haven’t yet realised she’s a woman, so she was very lucky to be invited to participate in the Orpul.  It typically last for three to four weeks, and is an opportunity for a small group of Masai men to go on a men’s retreat to eat beef and drink Masai medicine.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so La Chica has written many thousands of words merely by posting some photos of her Orpul experience.  Says it all!

Road block on the way to the Orpul

Road block on the way to the Orpul

Testigo volunteer Jessie enjoying an informal Orpul chat

Testigo volunteer Jessie enjoying an informal Orpul chat

Cooking beef

Cooking beef

Fresh beef hanging, waiting for its time to be cooked and eaten

Fresh beef hanging, waiting for its time to be cooked and eaten

Hang your knife on the tree as you enter - one of the rules of the Orpul

Hang your knife on the tree as you enter – one of the rules of the Orpul

Traditional medicine - roots and branches, drying ready for adding to meat broth

Traditional medicine – roots and branches, drying ready for adding to meat broth

The kids get to eat the meat, drink the broth and  help prepare the ongoing feast

The kids get to eat the meat, drink the broth and help prepare the ongoing feast

Using the cow skin as a water proof chopping board, plate, etc

Using the cow skin as a water proof chopping board, plate, etc

A notch is made each day of the Orpul

A notch is made each day of the Orpul

Adding fragrant leaves to the collected cow blood

Adding fragrant leaves to the collected cow blood

Basket of used Masai medicine

Basket of used Masai medicine

Adding fresh cow's blood to the cooked meat

Adding fresh cow’s blood to the cooked meat

Eating the intestines!

Eating the intestines!

La Chica drinking Masai medicine soup - containing roots, branches, beef broth and cow's blood...yum...

La Chica drinking Masai medicine soup – containing roots, branches, beef broth and cow’s blood…yum…

Pounding the cow fat

Pounding the cow fat

Balls of cow fat ready to be added to the Masai medicine soup

Balls of cow fat ready to be added to the Masai medicine soup

Lengai, the host, making balls of fat

Lengai, the host, making balls of fat

Pull the tail off the ...cow

Pull the tail off the …cow

The cow's tail becomes a handle cover for a knife

The cow’s tail becomes a handle cover for a knife

The cow's jaw is the only non-edible non usable part in an Orpul

The cow’s jaw is the only non-edible non usable part in an Orpul

Preparing the ribs for the Masai style BBQ

Preparing the ribs for the Masai style BBQ

One of the Orpul participants

One of the Orpul participants

Another Orpul participant

Another Orpul participant

The kids learn about the Orpul and eat an abundance of beef

The kids learn about the Orpul and eat an abundance of beef

Masai style BBQ

Masai style BBQ

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2 Comments
  1. I guess you gave up being a vegetarian a long time ago 😀

  2. Rae O'Brien permalink

    Amazing, thank you for sharing.

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