I couldn’t help but being fascinated by the Maasai people that we saw spread across the many miles we covered in Tanzania. It was amazing to see how this tradition and culture has remained intact even as modern day life swirls beside it. It almost brought a feeling of how it would be if our Ancestors had been a little kinder to our Native American Indians and their way of life. But as we continued on our trip I did find out more about some of the practices and beliefs of the Maasai and a few I’m still really struggling with. The lack of women’s rights and safety still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
A Few Facts:
• They can be recognised by the special red cloth they wear which
is called a Shuka.
• Maasai people live a nomadic life, which means they move from
place to place with their animals.
• They rely on their animals for food (including milk, meat and
animal blood) and walk for many miles with their animals to find fresh food and water. They get all the other foods they need by trading (swapping) with other Maasai people.
• Maasai men herd cattle and carry spears to protect their cattle from wild animals such as lions.
• The Maasai women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and building the home.
Continue on with my education, learning all about Africa.
Enjoying it all.
It truly is amazing how nothing has changed for these people although through education things are changing for many around the world. Fascinating adventure!!!
Sandra your coment about the womans rights in Tanzania is spot on. There are none. But I read this is all over Africa not just Tanzania.