Good Friday Goat Slaughtering

Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Flag of Kenya  , Rift Valley,
Friday, April 2, 2010


Now Annie has filled you all in on some of the details of where we are, who we're staying with and the fact that we're both alive and (generally) well, I can tell the interesting tale of my Good Friday experience.

*Hazy flashback-type special effect*

A few weeks ago we met Johnson's brother who lives but a 5-10 minute walk away from us. When he was showing us round his house and immediate land we were taken in to his goat enclosure and shown several different beasts - the Maasai can impressively tell every goat (and cow, chicken, etc) apart, and can even remember which ones are related. The conversation rolled on, and either myself or Annie commented on what lovely animals they were. At this point it was decided that on Good Friday a goat would be slaughtered for us, and we would eat and be generally merry.

*Hazy return-to-present special effect*

So, on the morning of the 2nd April at around 9am, the men set off from Johnson's house to meet with his brother. We arrived 10 minutes later and we're joined soon after by the women. Who, unbeknown to Annie and Anna, had a rather fine day of washing and chapati making ahead of them. I on the other hand, as a manly man, had an eating-every-imaginable-part-of-a-goat kind of day ahead of me. After we had been in-situ for roughly 20 minutes the men were summoned together and a goat was chosen to be dispatched without further ado. The goat was taken from the midst of it's fellow goats and hauled to what I will refer to as the slaughter chamber - although in reality this was a sheet of metal in a field, next to a hastily arranged fire, equipped with several pans and knives. The goat was held down, one man holding each set of legs, some herbs (which I later discovered acted as a sedative) were rubbed over the goats snout, then another man smothered it - effectively strangling the goat to death. The entire process took a matter of minutes, and seemed surprisingly painless - in fact the goat hardly seemed to struggle at all. Then came the 'fun' part.

The women were now dismissed to the kitchen area, along with the goats liver (apparently a womens food). The men remained to skin and cut up the goat. Over the next several hours the goat was eaten piece by piece, and, in no particular order, I can remember consuming the following parts:

- The kidneys (raw)
- The heart
- The ribs
- The small Intestine
- The duodenum, wrapped around fat.
- The blood, as a sauce with fried meat and potatoes.
- The large Intestine.
- The stomach.
- Soup, created by boiling the internal organs before we ate them.

However, this may not be a definitive list as I may have lost the cognitive capacity to remember everything that I ate that day. It's now around 24 hours after that epic meal, and I've yet to eat anything else, yet I still feel full of meat!

So, in hindsight, maybe the moral of this tale is that - unless you're prepared to eat an entire goat, pretty much literally - never compliment a Maasai on the loveliness of his goats!

From Kenya with love,

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Esmeralda van Stee on

Hey fellow future truck mates!!

Wonderful stories from Kenya, sounds like you are having an amazing time!

Although I seriously hope Mark won't try to practice his goat-cooking-experiences in the truck!!!

I'm counting the days, but getting slightly nervous too now. I'll be arriving on the 28th in Nairobi, a day earlier than planned cause my flight on the 29th was cancelled!! Stress all over but it seems solved now.

I'll be staying in the SIlver Springs with Rachel and the Irish sisters, but we would like to meet up with you guys before the trips starts!! Especially if Liverpool makes it to the semis in the Europe League on the 29th ;-)

Let's stay in touch and in the meantime: enjoy your time with the Masai and take care!!

Barb on

Ok when we said be nice to see your holiday pictures we pictured scenery and safari...................SO don't get used to the 'man stick' and chores, remember where you are going on to ;o) Off to have a SALAD.........

Alistair on

Wow! Kidney's raw! Unbelievable........ That's one way to spend Good Friday!
I hope you are both well and enjoying the early days of your adventure.
Me and Sarah often think about you, mainly enviously but always with admiration of what you're doing.
Take care of yourselves looking forward to the next blog.

No Guff on

Celtic - 0 Ross County - 2
Thought Mark might like to know his goat sacrifice clearly had an effect.

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