You must have seen their stunning pictures- adorned with dazzling garments (Shukas or sheets). They are referred to as the Maasai community who live in the semi-arid and arid regions of Southern Kenya. The Maasai community is such an exciting and unique culture in Kenya. They play a significant role in the development of tourism in Kenya. The climax of your safari vacation in Kenya is visiting the Maasai people. You cannot afford to miss this incredible safari adventure!
Did you know the Maasai community is the most colorful culture? The bright sheets they wear have numerous glowing colors that contrast sharply with the landscape. The explosion of color in their garments is magnificent. The first thing you’ll notice is the Maasai traditional robe, the Shuka. Predominantly, the bright sheets they wrap around their bodies areusually red, yellow, white, green, blue, or purple. The red color represents the courage and unity of the community; white is for milk, which is a staple food; yellow signifies their hospitality; green means the land provides food for their cattle while blue represents the sky providing water for their animals. It’s amazing how they create such a stunning look with simple sheets; it’s mind-blowing.
What’s more, mesmerizing is the Maasai diet! It turns out the Maasai diet consists of six essential foods; meat, milk, blood, fat, honey, and tree bark. They drink both and curdled milk; blood is boiled and used as an accompaniment while taking ugali (monono), they also drink the blood occasionally. Notably, they prepare their meat using various herbs that prevent them from illnesses. That must explain why the community remains in excellent health despite consuming red meat day in day out. Maasai is a culture like no other!
Besides, the Maasai people are famously known for the bright beaded scarves and earrings they use as ornaments, especially in women. Usually, women are responsible for creating these extraordinarily handcrafted pieces to express their social status and identity. On the other hand, their tall men hold on to their distinctive spears; they are responsible for herding livestock, guaranteeing security in the community, trades, and bartering. Once you visit the Maasai community, you’ll see displays of this beaded jewelry for sale. You cannot miss making a purchase! They are spectacular ornaments you’ll never see anywhere else across the globe. How can you miss that?
Another critical aspect of the Maasai people is their music and dances. You are likely to experience the villagers dancing and singing exceptional music. The community is well-known for its rhythmic call-and-response singing. The dancers, on the other hand, jump higher and higher to the rhythms of the singers. They call it the adumu or the jumping dance. You can watch them all day; you’ll be fascinated to see how far they can jump. You’ll also realize they’re very friendly, and they even request you to join their singing.
Furthermore, the Maasai culture stands out when it comes to their houses, called bomas. They are small brown and gray structures with thatched roofs that are built by Maasai women. The men also take part in the construction, particularly developing a protective fence around the village to protect their livestock from lions and other predators. The structures are usually covered with grass, mud, cow dung, urine, and ash. The entire structure has a height of no more than 1.5m, and the area is only three by five meters. You’re probably wondering what’s the use of such a tiny structure, right? Astonishingly, the family socializes cooks, eats, and sleeps in this modest structure. They even share the structure with small livestock! Isn’t that fascinating? You should consider visiting the Maasai community to experience the different lifestyles they have embraced. It’s such an easy and stress-free life, unlike our modern lifestyle.