Sons and Daughters of Maa
In addition, the red colour of the traditional Maasai “shuka” is similar to what is believed to have been the uniform of the soldiers who were fighting for the Roman Empire. Traditionally the Maasai lived on a diet of blood and milk and no household is without cattle as they are the ‘money’ and ‘bank accounts’ of the Maasai. For this reason cattle are rarely killed and eaten as they represent the owner’s wealth. Goats and sheep are also important in the Maasai life and economy.
The Maasai house is a ‘boma’ which is often a circular group of small huts built of mud and cows’ dung. Around the entire compound there is always an enclosure to protect the cows and goats from the unwanted attentions of predators during the night. The Maasai have been deliberately slow in catching up with the modern world. Their attitude is one of respectful lack of interest towards many of the ‘necessities’ that we regard as essential to modern life, from formal education to technology, from transport to access to the media. Of course, things are changing, but the Maasai are not too keen to join in the rush for globalization. However it would be wrong to think of the Maasai as simple and noble ‘savages’. Politics are a passion and also a duty for every Maasai man, who is not afraid to spend long hours in sophisticated debates and meetings. The intricacies of Maasai hierarchy, rivalries and internal disputes are as fascinating and as complex as the equivalent debates in Moscow, Washington or London. Tough negotiators and fearless fighters in real or metaphorical battle, the slim and elegant Maasai are much more than a walking picture. While o n safari with us, you will be able to meet the Maasai warriors and their families. Most of our employees are from the surrounding areas and are very keen to introduce you to their fascinating traditions.