The Maasai is one of the few tribes in Africa that still live life the way they have for decades, honouring their culture, traditions and history. Even though it not. I've never been so happy to depart a destination as I was the day we left Tanzania's Lake Natron to visit the Maasai people in a traditional village. Wrecked by a. Wherever you go on the East African safari circuit of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, the Maasai people are a near-constant presence.


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Understanding Maasai Culture The Maasai people have a patriarchal social structure, with elder men making most of the decisions for each group and the number of cattle and children a man has maasai culture his wealth.

Men often have several wives, each with her own house, but the women must build their own houses fashioned from sticks, cow dung and thatched roofs every five years due to termites. The Maasai are fond of taking this as a drug, and is known to make them energetic, aggressive and maasai culture.

Maasai eat soup laced with bitter bark and roots containing cholesterol-lowering saponins maasai culture those urban Maasai who don't have access to the bitter plants tend to develop heart disease.

More recently, the Maasai have grown dependent on food produced in other areas such as maize meal, rice, potatoes, cabbage known to the Maasai as goat leaves etc. The Maasai who live near crop farmers have engaged in cultivation as their primary mode of subsistence.

In these areas, plot sizes are generally not large enough to accommodate herds of animals; thus the Maasai are forced to farm. Maasai culture traditional Maasai house was in the first instance designed for people on the move and was thus very impermanent in nature.


The Boma houses are either somewhat rectangular shaped with extensions or circular, and are constructed by able-bodied women. The structural framework is formed of timber poles fixed directly into the ground and interwoven with a lattice of smaller branches wattlewhich is then plastered with a mix of mudsticks, grass, cow maasai culturemaasai culture urineand ash.

The cow dung ensures that the roof is waterproof. Within this space, the family cooks, eats, sleeps, socializes, and stores food, fuel, and other household possessions. Small livestock are also often accommodated within the enkaji.

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At night, all cowsgoatsand sheep are placed in an enclosure in the centre, safe from wild animals. Panoramic view of Maasai Enkang, seen from the inside Panoramic view of Maasai Enkang, seen from maasai culture outside Clothing[ edit ] A Maasai woman wearing maasai culture finest clothes Clothing changes by age and location.

Young men, for instance, wear black for several months following their circumcision.

However, red is a favored colour. Blue, black, striped, and checkered maasai culture are also worn, as are multicolored African designs. Maasai culture Maasai began to replace animal-skin, calf hides and sheep skin, with commercial cotton cloth in the s.

These are typically redthough with some other colors e. Pink, even with flowersis not shunned by warriors. However, the preferred style is stripes.

Embracing the Culture of the Maasai People in Tanzania

They are now soled with tire strips or plastic. Both men and women wear wooden bracelets. The Maasai women regularly weave and bead jewellery.

This bead work plays an essential part maasai culture the ornamentation of maasai culture body.


Maasai culture there are variations in the meaning of the color of the beads, some general meanings for a few colors are: Before contact with Europeansthe beads were produced mostly from maasai culture raw materials. White beads were made from clayshellsivoryor bone.

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