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Discover the Maasai Tribe: Cultural Insights in Tanzania

The Masai tribe are a group of people that live on the northern border of Tanzania and Southern border of Kenya. This group of people is pastoralist and they their lives entirely depend on cattle until of recent.  The dressing of the Masai is the very unique. They use a lot of beads that make their attire very colorful. The Masai leave on the North southern side of the foothills of the Kilimanjaro.

The cultural experience is really interesting. Men are usually in charge of grazing the cattle as they play a vital role in the lives of the community. Usually wealth in the Masai is measured in the amount of cattle. The more the man is wealthy, the more wives he can have. The plains below the here are very fertile and facilitate growth of grass fields that the Masai graze their cattle in.

Adumu traditional dance

Adumu is the traditional dance of the Masai. The dance will involve a lot of jumping. The warriors will make a circle and a few people will enter the circle and just keep jumping for a while before they go back to the circle for another group to join in.

The Masai have a unique way they adapt to living in the dessert area yet they are cattle keepers. They also do some farming. They are very hospitable people and thy well come very many people into the community. One of the unique things to look out for is this dance. They have many other aspects of their lives that are really interesting like their attire and the way they eat cattle blood and the process of harvesting it without necessarily killing the cows. The Dance is part of the bigger Eunoto festival that lasts about 10 days.

This 10 day festival of young men who perform all the rites to becoming men and Masai warrior. warriors. Eunoto is just one of many Masai ceremonies, performed for different occasions, especially to denote someone’s passage from one life stage to another.

The Bomas

The Masai people live in traditional houses called Bomas. It’s the women that are responsible for constructing these houses. A family can have several bomas in a homestead they are all divided according to the purpose. They can for example have one for the kids, the other of the parents, one as a kitchen and another food store. The women are also responsible for cooking, fetching water and firewood. The children are taught all these duties while at a young age.

Visit the Masai community and explore their culture. You can plan a two days stay here. You will be taken through the day to day lives of the masai. The Masai believe a lot in spiritual healing. They have a lot of herbs. You can have a chance to go through some of their herb making processes. You can even try out some of them.


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