Had such an amazing experience visiting the Maasai village in Arusha region🙌🏾✨ Wherever you go on the East African safari circuit of Tanzania, the Maasai are a near-constant presence. The number of Maasai in Tanzania is estimated to be approximately 800 000.
While it may be the world-renowned wildlife🐆🦓🦒🐘🐅🐃 that draws most travelers to Tanzania, it’s the Maasai people who give the region its distinctive cultural flavor. Meeting the Maasai and getting to know more about their life in the savannah is an integral part of the East African travel experience🌍
The Maasai people have a patriarchal social structure. A council of elder men oversees the daily running of the village and govern matters using an oral body of law. Execution and slavery are unknown in Maasai society, and arguments are usually settled via cattle payment. The number of cattle and children a man has determining his wealth.
Maasai men often have several wives, each with her own house, but the women must build their own houses every five years due to termites. Boys are expected to shepherd the family’s cattle (which provides their 3 main food sources: meat, milk and blood). Girls help their mothers gather firewood, cook and handle most of the family’s other domestic responsibilities.
Many Maasai villages are polygamous. When a woman marries, she doesn’t just marry her husband, but his entire age group. Traditionally, a Maasai man was expected to give up his bed to a visiting male guest. This custom has become much less widely practiced in recent years. But it’s not uncommon for the woman of the house to join the guest in bed, if she desires.
Problems between the Maasai people and government authorities date back more than 100 years.
In Tanzania in the 1940s, the pastoralists were displaced from the fertile lands around Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Much of the land taken from the Maasai was used to create many of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves and national parks. These include Kenya’s Amboseli, Masai Mara, Samburu and Tsavo, and Tanzania’s Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti.
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