By now if you are African you should know a thing or two about the Maasai. They are among the few remaining tribes on the globe that have managed to keep their culture and way of life intact despite the quick westernisation happening that has seen many cultures diminish.
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The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The Maasai occupy a total land area of 160,000 square kilometers with a population of approximately one half million people. However, many Maasai see the national census as government meddling and often miscount their numbers to census takers.
Growing up, my mom used to share stories about the Maasai people and how unique and beautiful their culture was. She grew up in Kenya and had a chance to visit them a few times. At that time the more she told me about them. The more i fell in love with their culture.
I fell in love with their traditional wear. Red is mainly the colour i've seen them wear but you cant fail to notice the difference in style as each wears the outfit differently.
As seen on the above picture they make beautiful bead necklaces that vary in size, colour and design. I might be wrong but i've seen men wear different necklaces from women.
Looking at our culture and our traditional dance. I used to think "Guhamiriza (for men) and Amaraba (for ladies)" were the best dance moves until i saw the Maasai men dance. It might look simple but try it for 5 minutes and share your experience. It's simply amazing.
I grew up in a family of people who loved rearing cows and practiced some agricultural farming. Now cows are a pretty big deal in Rwanda. They represent prestige or wealth. Surprisingly the Maasai people also love cows. Traditionally, the Maasai rely on meat, milk and blood from cattle for protein and caloric needs. People drink blood on special occasions.
call this an introduction with many episodes to come. Next year i'd love to visit them and possibly live with them for a few days. Let me continue then since i'll be experiencing everything first hand.
Culture is a beautiful thing. It shows us who we are and where we come. We might not agree with it 100 percent but let's embrace it. Civilisation has brought good things but we cant ignore the bad it left. what it took from us and how it changed us. We adopt to societies to new ways of living and new people. But we should never forget our roots.