As many of you already know, I’m a student of African history and culture. The fact that so much of it is hidden here in the West just fuels my passion to keep searching. So I want to share some information that I’ve recently discovered. Meet the Maasai Warriors.
The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. With an estimated population size of 900,000, the Maasai are known for their unique culture and tribal dress. Maa, which derives from Nilo-Saharan, is the official language spoken; they also speak Swahili and English. Although the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments have encouraged them to leave their traditional Semi-nomadic lifestyle behind, the Maasai people still carry their age-old customs.
With their bright red robes and spear in hand, the Maasai Warriors have been described as calm and courageous regardless of danger. The Maasai men are known for protecting their tribe, their cattle, and their land. Traditionally, a Maasai boy could only become a warrior after he went out on his own and killed a lion, as a rite of passage. And although their community has been known for their fearless confrontations with lions, they do not hunt animals for sport.
Today, the famous culture of the Maasai people, as well as Africa’s wilderness/grasslands, face threats for their long-term survival. So the Maasai have created the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) aimed at protecting the community and wildlife. Please check out their programs by clicking here. If you have any additional information on this amazing tribe, feel free to comment below.
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Lazar, D. (n.d.). Maasai Warriors. Retrieved March 1, 2019, from https://maptia.com/davidlazar/stories/maasai-warriors
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. (n.d.). Retrieved March 1, 2019, from http://maasaiwilderness.org/
The Maasai Tribe, East Africa. (n.d.). Retrieved March 1, 2019, from http://www.siyabona.com/maasai-tribe-east-africa.html