Search Results Image

A small child plays among the livestock, which is a measure of wealth for the Maasai tribe. They keep goats, sheep and donkeys but cattle are by by far the most valued of their livestock possessions. Maasai believe that all cattle were gifted to them by their God.  Virtually all social roles and status derive from the relationship of individuals to their cattle. "I hope your cattle are well" is a common Maasai greeting.  Cow's milk and blood are the staple foods of the Masai who eat no fruit or grain. Cattle is used as a dowry in "purchasing" their wives.  Warriors, or morans, are bestowed with the honor of caring and protecting the cattle. During times of drought, the morans  may have to walk the animals hundreds of kilometers away from their village in search of pasture.  .

A small child plays among the livestock, which is a measure of wealth for the Maasai tribe. They keep goats, sheep and donkeys but cattle are by by far the most valued of their livestock possessions. Maasai believe that all cattle were gifted to them by their God. Virtually all social roles and status derive from the relationship of individuals to their cattle. "I hope your cattle are well" is a common Maasai greeting. Cow's milk and blood are the staple foods of the Masai who eat...
more »

MM_Maasai_8491.TIF
Copyright © Major Multimedia, Inc.
Size: 3007x2002 / 17.4MB
Keywords:
Masai
Maasai
Kenya
Amboseli
Africa
poverty
primative
huts
tribe