The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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Among the Dinka, the Master of the Fishing Spear indicates by a sign of the hand
that he is now to be buried alive "to avoid admitting . . . the involuntary death
which is the lot of ordinary men and beasts." 5 The Nuer and Dinka subsist chiefly
As the dance begins, the moran, spears upright, step out whooping one by one,
in the long, leaping Maasai trot that in time of war and cattle raids carried the
herdsmen three hundred miles or more over the plains. (Adrian remarks that the ...
The moran surround a big male lion, then rush in with their spears — "Fantastic!"
says Myles, who has seen this twice. "Not one hangs back, they all want to be first
. And when the wounded lion knows it must break out of that circle, and charges ...
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