Young Maasai men who have been initiated must live apart as an age corps and serve the tribe as Elmoran or cattle guards and warriors for several years before they are permitted to marry. As a sign of his status every Maasai Elmoran carries a short sworn or long knife in a leather sheath which is suspended from this belt. The belt would be made by the young Elmoran�s mother. It is worn tight around the waist, with the vee shaped panel pointing down. This is a nice old piece of some age, as can be seen by the wear to the threads on the leather side. Length 74 cm / 29 inches. Central panel 9.5 x 17 cm / 3 � x 6 � inches.