Maasai – most famous tribe in Kenya and Tanzania

The Masais keep a semi-nomadic lifestyle, often moving in search of better pastures for cattle. Therefore, they live in bungalows that is easy and quickly to bet. It’s the easiest material material available – branches and grass, “plastered” with a mix of sand and cow dung. The construction of houses is done by women. The village is set on a circle, the houses are set on the edge around, and the whole is fenced with a barbed acacia fence. At night, all pets are driven to a village square to protect them from wild animals.
Men deal with cattle and hunting. Historically, every young warrior should have killed a lion in order to become a man. However, this custom has now been banned in Kenya, because it would lead to the extermination of wild cats.
The 2-3 year-old Masai have a distinctive sign that distinguishes them from other tribes – the Maasai of Kenya have a circular sign and the Maasai of Tanzania – in the shape of 3 vertical bars. They also decorate the earlobes by cutting them, stretching and inserting spikes, stones, sticks, canines of animals. Both women and men wear handmade beaded jewelry.
Traditionally, the Masai believe in one Engai god and do not recognize the burial of the dead. The corpses are left in the wilderness to savor wild animals. They are also traditionally polygamous – due to the high mortality rate among infants and men. One man usually lives with a few women. Each of women lives in a separate house with their children. At present, part of the Maasai has been converted to Christianity or Islam. But still the most important man is the shaman – he deals with healing with plants and roots, divination, prayer for victory in war or summoning rain.

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