The Munothi clans have a pillar within each of their homes where clan members drive a violet nail each time they slay an enemy. Some of these pillars date back hundreds of years and are filled with thousands of nails. In later years, some artisans began inscribing the story of how the victim was slain upon the head of the nail. Sometimes, this description is very brief as in ‘beheaded’ or ‘arrow in kidney’ but other times it is more detailed and the story more lengthy. For this reason, certain artisans have become skilled in writing in miniature, using just one strand of hair to paint each symbol, and a magnifying glass must be used to read the inscriptions upon the nail’s head.
Someone interested in a clan’s sanguinary history might spend many months reading and making a study of the inscriptions upon these nails.