Blossoms of the Savannah

Blossoms of the Savannah Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Olmultut (Symbol)

The olmultut is a bird that also serves as an omen of bad fortune. The bird lands outside the Kaelo residence shortly before Oloisudori arrives at their home.

The Parable of Olarinkoi (Allegory)

Joseph Parmuat tells Taiyo and Resian a story about a man named Olarinkoi. The story (detailed in the summary of chapter 6) explains the origin of female circumcision in the Maa culture as an attempt to resist moral corruption from Olarinkoi's men.

Ntara Muyo (Symbol)

Ntara Muyo is the man who attempts to assault Resian and Taiyo on two separate occasions. He serves as a symbol of the misogynistic treatment of women in Nasila and the repression of women's rights more broadly.

Not Being Circumcised (Symbol)

Resian and Taiyo are uncircumcised, and to the Maa people in the village, it is a symbol of their being outsiders, and culturally alienated from their traditions and their heritage. To the Maa, it is also a symbol of them being in some way bad girls, as they do not conform to the requirements of being dutiful prospective wives.

Dowery (Symbol)

Resian's dowery is a symbol of the objectification of women in Nasila, who are bought and sold as objects for men.