The Massai Tribe Culture, Tradition

The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting Northern, Central and Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.

The Maasai speak the Maa language a member of the Nilotic Language that is related to the Dinka, Kalenjinand Nuerlanguages. Except for some elders living in rural areas, most Maasai people speak the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.

The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs.

Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania and Kenya welcome visits to their villages to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle, in return for a fee.

The Massai tribe has two blended cultures from Tanzania and Kenya.

For people of this tribe spitting is a sign of greeting.

When a new baby is born, it is customary that the men spit on the baby, and the baby is cursed.

It is believed that if a baby is blessed or praised, that baby will be cursed.  The Massai warriors can only spit in their hands before they can shake an elder.

Titilayo Kupoliyi

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