by Naomi on July 8, 2011

in Inspiration

Masai men bleeding a cow in their traditional ceremony


Who we are
is interwoven
with what we do
and how we live

The feelings conjured
by inherited customs
can range from comfort
to claustrophobia

Perfect neutrality
is inhabited by love,
where custom imparts wisdom
from countless lives


Inspiring Quotes:

“Custom is the great guide to human life” – David Hume

“Customs may not be as wise as laws, but they are always more popular” – Benjamin Disraeli

“No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.” – Ruth Benedict

“Custom is the principle magistrate of man’s life” – Francis Bacon, Sr.

“Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.” – Mark Twain

Here is some more photography of the Masai people, showing their vivid, traditional dress:

travel and tourism photography


travel and tourism photography


Do you have any favourite or funky custom?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

nrhatch July 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Oh . . . what are they doing to that poor cow? 🙁
Love the costumes and the Mark Twain quote!

We do see the world through the lens of past experience and custom ~ especially when it comes to which animals we eat and which we refuse to ingest. 😀

My custom . . . to not eat anything that had a mother.


Naomi July 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I also draw back from this blood-letting custom, Nancy, which is so foreign to us. The cow was quite fine, though. Apparently the Masai people draw blood like this regularly, and mix it with milk before drinking it. Each to their own – I can’t fault your choices, that’s for sure!


[email protected] July 10, 2011 at 3:51 am

It may have been difficult for me to look at the blood letting of a cow, but I can feel just as upset by customs in s0-called civilization that are another form of blood letting. E.g. – A horse just had to be shot at the Calgary Stampede because its leg was broken in a chuckwagon race. Hard to accept when it’s not our custom.


Naomi July 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

So true, Amy…I would also be devastated to see a horse shot! Sorry to cause discomfort with this pic, xo


Tammy July 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I think my customs are so deeply interwoven that I do not even think of them as customs. I can’t say what one is or isn’t and I know that seems a bit odd. I love the photos of the women.


Naomi July 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Very astute, thank you, Tammy – I bet that’s true of us all.


Tokeloshe July 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Stunning photos as always!

I would not have been able to take that first photo, but it tells a story. Well done Dave.
Love the watch 😉

I agree with Amy about the Stampede.
I have never been to a Rodeo and I hope I never have to ever go.


Naomi July 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Thank you, Tok! I would also struggle to take that first photo – good for you spotting the watch 😉

I must say that I haven’t thought of rodeos in these terms before. I’ll consider them in a new light, thanks to you and Amy.


Kate Shrewsday July 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

Vivid photographs and such a wonderful message, ageless and ancient. Thanks, Naomi.


Naomi July 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Thank you for appreciating, Kate 🙂


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