The Maasai People – Kilimanjaro

The Maasai People



Ravi with The Maasai People


The Maasai People, an Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people who inhabit in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.


They drink cow blood on special occasions – circumcision of a child, the birth of a baby and on the occasion of a girl’s marriage. It also is given to drunken elders to alleviate intoxication and hangover. The traditional diet of the Masai people in Kenya and Tanzania is derived mostly from their cattle. Though they do not often eat beef; they eat milk and blood, which is harvested by puncturing the loose flesh on the cow’s neck with an arrow. They insert a tube made of bamboo in the jugular vein of cows and suck blood.



The Maasai People and their Cow


Their diet consisting of raw milk, raw blood, raw meat and some vegetables and fruits, although in many villages they do not eat any fruit or vegetables at all


Most Maasai wear the color red because it symbolizes their culture and they believe it scares away lions. Also, most of the men wear the African blanket, which is a red robe, commonly known as the Maasai Shuka, a traditional wear associated with the Masai people of East Africa. These blankets are very strong, durable, friendly to the skin and very colorful. The women wear clothes that are colorful and decorated with beads. The women also wear capes.




The Maasai believe that Enkai intended all the cattle in the world for them, they place themselves at the center of the universe as the chosen people of Enkai. They believe that Ngai created three groups of people to roam the earth.



The Maasai Dance