The Maasai are being hit economically as the traditional markets where they trade their cattle are suspended due to COVID 19.
The Maasai are divided into three clans of people: Maasai, Samburu, and Ilechamus. They speak the MAA language.
The Maasai are semi pastoralists, enjoying living by herding cattle, goats, sheep, and camels. These are the Nilotic group inhabiting the Rift Valley. They are known by their distinctive customs and dress.
The Samburu tribe are Nilotic and inhabit the Kenya’s northern plains, they are the kin of the Maasai and speak the MAA language. They move from place to place following the patterns of rainfall in search of pasture and water for their cattle, goats, and sheep.
They are considered more traditional and remote than their Maasai kin and have maintained the authenticity of their culture by sticking to their ancient culture and refusing to accept modernization
The Maasai dressing is similar to the Samburu, it is difficult to differentiate the two. Both Maasai and Samburu men and women dress in traditional Shukas which they wrap loosely around their bodies.
They believe in one supreme God called Ngai, NKAI who lives in the mountains.
The traditional staple food of the Maasai people is meat and milk derived from goats and cattle. They often drink milk as blood drawn from the cow’s neck with an arrow
The Samburu tribe speak the MAA language as do their cousin Maasai. They both share their vocabulary, but Samburu speak rapidly than the Maasai.
The Maasai people are polygamous due to their Nomadic lifestyle. Because raring cattle is their main activity, they must travel long distances in search for pasture them
Water: Water is still a challenge in many villages within the Maasai and Samburu villages. Children in most cases often walk an average of seven miles to get twenty liters of water once per week (Sunday). In many cases the source of water is found in unfavorable places as illustrated in the photo. Lack of clean and shortage of water often results in water borne diseases such as: Cholera, Typhoid, and Malaria.
Education: There are only a few schools for Maasai and Samburu children to attend with no colleges. Both groups have been overlooked by both the Kenyan and Tanzanian government as far as investing in education. To make matters worse, due to the government, they are also losing much of their land.
AIDS: According to the Telegraph (2004), traditional practices such as wife sharing, and polygamy have allowed the Aids epidemic to grow exponentially. The report also goes on to say when a woman is widowed, she often becomes the wife of her dead husband’s brother. This normally allows her economic survival, but in many cases where a husband died from the disease, the surviving wife passes it on to the new husband and he then passes it on to his other wives. The disease is often more prevalent within women.
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