Their main activity was raising cattle, but the Maasai have also been known for centuries as fearsome hunters and warriors. By the mid-19th century Maasai territory was at its largest, extending over pretty much the entirety of modern-day Kenya and half of Tanzania.
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.
#3 The Maasai belong to the tallest people in the world It’s because of their rich calcium diet that they are so tall. They seem taller because of their world famous high jumps. And for sure, you will get a few laughs from the Maasai as well. Its tradition to do’Adamu’ during a special ceremony called ‘Eunoto’.
There are many ceremonies in Maasai society including Enkipaata (senior boy ceremony), Emuratta (circumcision), Enkiama (marriage), Eunoto (warrior-shaving ceremony), Eokoto e-kule (milk-drinking ceremony), Enkang oo-nkiri ( meat -eating ceremony), Olngesherr (junior elder ceremony), etc. Enkipaata.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Maa people believe that once life has come out of the body, the body has no use anymore and that’s why they do not bury the dead but rather throw them away in the forest to be devoured by wild animals. When a person died at the homestead (enkang’) the Maasai would vacate that house (enkaji) and move to another one.
These are traditional Masai lands. Naturalist guide Andrew King’Ori who has been with us all through this Wildlife Safari trip around Kenya insists that the Masai are so strong and so skilful that lions are scared of them and will avoid them. Masai are nomadic.
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 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.
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. Two men enter the centre and begin to jump, heels never touching the ground, straight into the air as high as they can go.
Language – Maa, a language derived from Nilo-Saharan, related to Dinka and Nuer. They also speak the official languages of Tanzania and Kenya. Swahili and English.
The Maasai are a pastoralist tribe living in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Their traditional diet consists almost entirely of milk, meat, and blood. Two thirds of their calories come from fat, and they consume 600 – 2000 mg of cholesterol a day.