In her family's hut there were grown men – an incredible number, 10 or more, all in their 30s, all standing over her father, shouting. At night here, where there is no electricity, perfect darkness falls, and everything becomes a shadow-play of barely visible flickers.
But even though she was eight years old, she suspected at once what was happening.
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'The cows are sacred to the Bodi tribe so they are not killed,' explains Lafforgue. The man must drink it quickly before it coagulates but some cannot drink everything and vomit it.''One asked me if he could use my car to go to the ceremony area.
'The blood is taken by making a hole in a vein with a spear or an axe, and after that, they close it with clay.'Because of the scorching temperatures, the men have to drink the two-litre bowl of blood and milk quickly before it coagulates but as Lafforgue reveals, not everyone can handle drinking so much at speed.'The fat men drink milk and blood all day long,' he says. Once in the car, he started to drink milk and blood again because he said he wanted to keep trying to be the fattest until the very last moment.'Once the fattest man has been chosen, the ceremony ends with the slaughter of a cow using a huge sacred stone.
So she tells her story slowly, haltingly, her sentences punctuated by sudden high-pitched laughs that seem to erupt involuntarily from her gut.