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BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNA:
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WAR/ VIOLENCE

The traditional Maa community in which the novel is set takes pride in engaging in external battles and wars to protect their territory or as an economic undertaking. There are many cases of violence reported in the clan.

One remarkable war is that between Olarinkoi and Maa warriors that led to the Maa people being ruled for many years. After many years under the Ilarinkon rule, we are told that "the Maa people eventually revolted and overthrew the Olarinkoi despotic rule" (p.87). Ole Kaelo attacks his daughter Resian for refusing to cooperate in his plan to have her married to Oloisudori. "After a moment of frozen immobility, her father suddenly pushed his chair, moved fast from behind the desk and slapped her face, sending her reeling back so that she almost fell" (p.209).

The fight between the girls at Minik's ranch and Oloisudori's men ends the protracted oppression of the man on Kaelo's daughters. We are told that his convoy "...was reduced to smoldering shells and acrid smell of burning tyres" (p283). There is also a fight between Olarinkoi and the men that wanted to rape Resian and Taiyo. The bravery of Olarinkoi saves the girls from being raped. When the two young men are caught up by Olarinkoi and his men, they are beaten up before being spared.

Women are also violent. The case in point is the old man they punish for being infatuated by a young girl. We are told "Then all the women proceeded to the homestead of the accused, armed with all kinds of weapons that included firewood...and their husbands' knobkerries" (p.115). They go on to "...beating him thoroughly and stripping him naked" (p.116). Finally, this man dies and the women feel satisfied that they have avenged their anger.

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