Image: Ngaire Lawson
Once they reach the waiting maza, the women begin to tease and verbally harass the men in order to provoke them. The men, who are clutching long thin sticks, are hesitant to react at first. Finally, however, they start to beat the women across their bare backs with the switches.
These are not playful strokes, either, but blows often strong enough to break the sticks in half. Each swipe leaves a gash in the women’s flesh, but still the women continue to provoke the maza to strike them again and again.