The Maasai and Samburu people are some of the few last remaining indigenous tribal communities in East Africa. They are very unique and popular because they represent some of the last indigenous communities in parts of the world. They have managed to preserve and cling to their culture despite education, civilization and western influences making them a symbol of Kenyan culture. They are known as tall and fierce warriors.
They dress in very colorful garments called “shuka” with plenty of beaded jewelry. They are so photogenic. Your visit will enable you to interact with these people and get to experience their culture that is suspended in a history that dates back to the 15th century and experience the Africa of yesterday. This uniquely authentic experience should be on your bucket list as you will witness for yourself the traditionally semi-nomadic people with distinctive customs and dress as well as a reputation for being fearsome warriors.
Ten Interesting Facts about Maasai
- They are nomadic.
- They are polygamous.
- Women built their own houses.
- They are found in Kenya and Tanzania.
- Their food is mainly blood, milk, and meat.
- They believe in Enkai their God who gave them all the cows in the world.
- For a man to marry he has to pay dower to the bride’s family in form of cows.
- You can’t ask a man how many cows he owns, wealth is measured by the number of cows one has.
- They have permanent body modification such as stretched earlobes with holes, removal of front teeth for both adults and children.
- They are known for wear colorful shukas (sheets) which are wrapped around their bodies, and women often wear intricate jewelry.
Their way of life has historically been to depend on their cattle for meat, milk, blood and skin. They believe that God created cattle especially for them and that they are the sole custodians of all the cattle on earth. This belief has over the years turned them into nomads as they moved from one place to another depending with the weather pattern in search of grass and water for their cattle.
- The forest has ears.
- The eye of God is large.
- Mountains do not meet.
- Teeth do not see poverty.
- A cow is as good as a man.
- Don’t fight a lion with a stick.
- He eats his food like a donkey.
- One finger does not kill a louse.
- A bull cannot bellow in two places at once.
- It is better to be poor and live longer than to be rich and die young.