Have you heard about this book, Warrior Princess, by Mindy Budgor? It’s about a young California woman who spent a whole 3 months to become a mighty Warrior Princess of the Maasai. They’re discussing this blithe bit of cocksure cultural imperialism at Making Light. I rather liked this comment:
Some daft billionaire ought to sponsor scholarships for curious Masai and Amazonians who want to study the rich spiritual traditions of Ozarks auto mechanics, or take part in the initiation rites of Dakota wheat farmers.
I know about those Dakota rites. They all involve cow tipping, so there is a deep spiritual linkage with the Maasai already.