THE MAASAI TRADITION. By ISRAEL GHEBREAMLACK. The maasai continent and countries. The maasai countries. maasais. The maasai are a small tribe in a mosaic of African peoples. They are tall and thin pastoralists who can be spotted miles away by their signature red clothing . maasais.
By ISRAEL GHEBREAMLACK
The maasai are a small tribe in a mosaic of African peoples. They are tall and thin pastoralists who can be spotted miles away by their signature red clothing.
LOCATION maasai are found in north central Tanzania and central Kenya. They are located in the center of different tribes by the name , samburu, kikuyu, kamba, chaga, meru ,pare, kaguru, gogo, and sukuma.
.POPULATION the maasai tribe is 350,000 in number.
LANGUAGE the maasai tribe speak OLMAA which is a nilotic language.
FOOD the maasai eat maize bread which is flat like chapatti and ugali, and they drink fresh blood alone ,some times with milk, traditional beer or three of them mixed.
RELIGION the maasais have traditional religion called LAIBON/diviners. They are consulted when ever misfortune arises. And they have strong traditional herbs for healing which is believed to be the best in the medical world of herbs. Laibon are common selling their herbs in the urban areas of Kenya and Tanzania.
LIFE STYLE maasai are pastoralists and have resisted the reform given to them to live a sedentary life by Kenya and Tanzania governments. They are at the savanna and are people in peace with nature. Cattle are central to maasai economy and are rarely killed may be for rituals only. And most of the the maasai morans/ warriors are sent for cattle rustling and fight with predators for their protection.
Once boys are circumcised, they become junior warriors and live with their age mates in a special dwelling set aside for them. The mother accompanies her circumcised son adorning herself with elaborate beaded ear ornaments that show every one that she is a mother of a warrior. She builds a house for him while he roams about freely with his moran, having sex with women, hunting, growing his hair long and decorating elaborate head dress. The moran becomes so close that they even urinate together. This men are now brothers and share every thing in life, even their wives when they take them later. When the junior moran age, they become senior warriors and the life of the community is centered on them. They are in charge of defense and security and deal with the local governments. This is the most important position in the maasai community.
Collect wood, cook, clean, milk cows, raise children. Girls are circumcised by age 13 to mark their availability for marriage. they too are adults. At this age they immediately marry to an older man to have legitimate children. But till their marriage they are free to have sex with the young warriors, even after marriage it is allowed. They can’t marry the young ones because they don’t have enough castles. Legitimate and illegitimate children are the property of the husband.