The Maasai


Maasai people rely on their animals for food (milk, meat etc.). There are goats, cows around. All the way long from Arusha to the Serengeti, we came across with the Maasai who walk for many miles with their animals to find fresh food and water. They built fences around the village from branches and grass to protect their homes from wild animals around. They live in the middle of wild nature, with elephants, lions,giraffes around.

THE TRADITION OF THE MAASAI JUMPING DANCE

The "Adamu", the “jumping dance.” Watch the Maasai do it; they make it look so easy. When it’s my turn, I realised it’s much harder than it looks. Everyone had a good laugh, including the Maasai.

The Adamu takes place during the Eunoto ceremony that marks the transition of junior men becoming senior men. Eunoto ceremony makes young men eligible for marriage allowing them to demonstrate his strength and skills to attract a bride. The young women, dressed in their nice outfits, sing and dance as a manner of flirting, to get closer.

THE TRADİTİONAL MAASAİ HOUSE

When food and water run out the Maasai pack up their homes and walk across the land to a place where there is food and water for their animals. Due to the fact that the Maasai have to be ready to move at any given time, their houses are built to be temporary. The Maasai live in shelters called manyatta which are built from branches and grass. Maasai homes do not have windows or chimneys so it is dark and smoky inside.Interestingly, the men are not responsible for building the houses but it’s the women who take charge of this duty.

THE MEASURE OF A MAN'S WEALTH: CATTLE

The Masai get nearly all of their food from their cattle, as milk or meat. They do drink the blood as well, it's not really something that's done as a regular meal-time event. They generally don't hunt or grow their own crops. The cattle are literally their bread and butter. In each village, the cows are protected and herded by the men, but the milking is done by the women.

THE MAASAİ SCHOOL

Each town has a school and teacher and these schools are funded by Maasai Association.

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