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.
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.
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.
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.
RED is the most important color for the Maasai community. It represents cow blood – which the Maasai drink mixed with cattle milk for added nutrition, power and strength – especially in times of famine. It is also considered important for Maasai warriors to wear it as a way to protect themselves against wild animals.
There is nothing unusual about this – in fact, three wives for a wealthy man like Mr Ntokot is considered not at all excessive, and unless you are Muslim, Kenyan men can marry as many women as they like. The Maasai accept polygamy as a way of life and these women grew up with fathers who had married several wives.
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.
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.
Dinka are sometimes noted for their height. With the Tutsi of Rwanda, they are believed to be the tallest people in Africa. Roberts and Bainbridge reported the average height of 182.6 cm (5 ft 11.9 in) in a sample of 52 Dinka Agaar and 181.3 cm (5 ft 11.4 in) in 227 Dinka Ruweng measured in 1953–1954.
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.
jump: Spring into the air from both balls of the feet and landing on the same. leap: A spring into the air, from one foot to the other. Maxie Ford: Step named for a famous dancer.
The surprising results of the field study show that the Maasai are in a good health status in spite of a limited diet. The human body is a true miracle. Nadja Knoll recently found new proof of that statement in the nomadic Maasai people of Kenya in Eastern Africa.
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.
Maasai lion hunting. The Maasai people have traditionally viewed the killing of lions as a rite of passage. Historically, lion hunts were done by individuals, however, due to reduced lion populations, lion hunts done solo are discouraged by elders. Most hunts are now partaken by groups of 10 warriors.