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The Culture of the Maasai Tribe

Date: August 27, 2012 | By: Enid Glasgow | Category: Travel Blog

The Maasai Tribe in Kenya is a very proud tribe. At one time, the Kenyan government designed a program that encouraged the Maasai people to change their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Many of the 8400,000 tribe members did not listen and continued to live as they have for centuries honoring their history, culture, and traditions. While the Maasai have tried to preserve their historic way of life, they have been receptive to adapting to new ways of life. This small population is one of Africa’s most popular attractions.

Culture and tradition are the lifeblood of the Maasai as both a core belief system and also as a way to make a living. Many of the Maasai have jobs in the tourism industry as guides. They lead visitors through the rich, ritual-filled culture. Tourists can visit traditional homes and view cultural shows, such as the Eunoto ceremony. This is when young boys “graduate” to warriors. This experience is an unforgettable look into the heart of the Maasai community.

While visiting the Maasai, visitors will see a number of desirable souvenirs during their visit. A favorite is the beadwork made by the Maasai women. This jewelry is adorned with blue, red, and green beads that are highly symbolic. The most popular piece features a large, flat disc with rows of beads secured by cow hide strips.  These are prized fashion accessories that are traditional sources of income for the Maasai.

The best way to get a full feel for the Maasai culture is to pay them a visit. Walking among the warriors and embracing a way of like that is completely different than the modern world.

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