It’s a sort of mating dance, a way for a young Maasai man who has just become a warrior to demonstrate his strength and attract a bride.
With a jump of 8 feet 4 inches, he easily completed his “hat trick” – three events entered, three events won – and was mobbed by his teammates and fans.
The Maasai tribe is a special group of people – in a world focused on urbanisation and modernisation, they have persisted with their traditional culture. Known for their distinctive, bright clothing and jumping dance, here are a few lesser known facts about the Maasai: “A Maasai warrior is a fine sight.
They love singing and dancing: If you have a chance to visit some of Kenya’s major restaurants and game reserves including the Nairobi National Park and many other tourist destinations away from the city, you will most probably meet some Maasai men and women singing and dancing as they usher you in.
The Maasai, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people who inhabit in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, drink cow blood on special occasions – circumcision of a child, the birth of a baby and on the occasion of a girl’s marriage. It also is given to drunken elders to alleviate intoxication and hangover.
They are the tallest people on earth but the Maasai do get very close. With their long limbs, they belong to the tallest people of Africa. It’s because of their rich calcium diet that they are so tall. They seem taller because of their world famous high jumps.
They are considered one of the tallest people in the world with average height of 6 ft 3 inches according to some reports. Traditionally, the Maasai diet consisted of raw meat, raw milk, and raw blood from cattle.
Adumu is the world famous traditional jumping dance performed by the iconic Maasai tribe of Tanzania and Kenya. One at a time, a moran would enter the circle and perform the dance, a flat-footed jump, feet into the air, repeated over and over.
The Maasai inhabit the African Great Lakes region and arrived via the South Sudan. Most Nilotic speakers in the area, including the Maasai, the Turkana and the Kalenjin, are pastoralists, and are famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers.
The Maasai are monotheist and they believe in Enkai (also known as Engai), a God who is mostly benevolent and who manifests himself in the form of different colors, according to the feelings he is experiencing.
Unlike many other tribes in Kenya, the Maasai are semi-nomadic and pastoral: they live by herding cattle and goats. The Maasai have not fared well in modern Africa. Until the European settlers arrived, fierce Maasai tribes occupied the most fertile lands.
But most importantly, it’s a way to make a connection with the Maasai people you meet in Tanzania and Kenya. When Maasai encounter each other, the greeting is very detailed. In Maa language you can greet a Maasai women by saying “yeyo, takwenya!” and the Maasai woman will reply you “iko”!
The Maasai do not eat game meat, and use the bodies of their killed lions for three products; the mane, tail and claws. The lion’s tail is stretched and softened by the warriors, then handed over to the women for beading. The warriors keep the tail in their manyatta (warriors camp), until the end of warriorhood.
Traditionally, the Maasai do not bury their dead. They believe that once someone has died their journey is over. The Maasai do not believe as an after life. Most dead bodies are simply thrown to the wild forests for scavengers.
If there is a place in the world where lions are not feared, it is in Kenya. The Massai warriors are trained to haunt lions as a culture. The female lions are believed to be the bearers of life and they cannot be hunted unless the lioness is a threat to human or livestock.