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[:RU]Life and traditions of the Maasai. Maasai Market.[:]

[:RU]Passing a village after a safari in Arusha raone, we noticed a surprising number of Maasai. It turned out it was a market for Massana, which takes place once a month sort. We immediately stopped and ran into the crowd, another chance to catch this good fortune we had to start to tell a little about the tribe itself. Initially, Massai came from Sudan, and seized the territory, led by the search of grass for cattle. Funny, that according to legend, the rain god Ngai gave all cattle Maasai people, so everyone who owns the cattle, had once to steal it from the Maasai. It is not just led to serious conflicts with other tribes as the Masai tried to return «their property». Huts Maasai built from dried manure. This material keeps heat and insulates against moisture, even in case of rain.

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Life is not easy Massan. Boys get a small herd of goats in the responsibility while still in yunnom age. They can go a long time with the herd out of the house in search of green grass and it involves a lot of walking, endurance and survival in the open savannah away from home. Therefore, in the case of the birth of disabled people, from these children immediately disposed of. The same fate would expect children albino (white-skinned Africans).

Growing up, young Maasai are circumcised. Rite of course done without painkillers, and the young Maasai should not produce any sound. After the wound healed, he has the right to acquire their own cattle.

The rite of circumcision and the way women are. At the same time these are the wives are held in high esteem among the Maasai. Another thing is that female circumcision is not always without complications.
It is believed that due to the high mortality warriors Masai are polygamists. An interesting fact is that because of the high infant mortality rate of women also do not have to be alone with her ​​husband. According to custom, the Masai must give its guest bed in the same age category, and the woman has itself may decide it is necessary to it or not. Moreover, all children are considered children of her husband :)the same fact of the high infant mortality has led to the fact that children do not recognize themselves as children until they are 3 months.

The tribe is considered a purely patriarchal. Important issues are older. By the way, as the influence of the West, between the villages there are schools for the Maasai. Many of those with whom I spoke, a very educated comrades with excellent English!

Just Maasai, like many other peoples in Africa, do not bury their dead, and left to be eaten by predators. If for some reason the body does not have to taste to animals, then that person was something wrong, causing up to disrespect the dead by the tribe. To avoid this fate, the body is often coated with fat.

And yes, not being an African specialist, many Maasai can really outwardly distinguished from other tribes by a tall, thin figure, elongated face with regular features.

Bracelets on the feet of men say that they are married. But if they are polygamists, there is always a place:)

In addition, as a decoration, many Maasai have facial scars or extended Tonel ears. As children, parents choose a label for their child. It looks very nice and neat, something in the form of two points on the cheeks, or a pair of marks above the eyebrows, or triangles on the chin.

As I said before, women Massan daily wear huge bracelets and earrings. At the time of marriage are also added wide bracelets.

Often you can find women with large disks around their necks. The more decorations, the higher the rank and position of women in society.

Well, actually look at the market itself.

What is there just is not found!
Traditional sneaker made ​​of tires machines

Ornaments from beads, necklaces and bracelets, which are Massan

I still splurged on one of beads, made by the cows in leather. Old grandfather very much wanted to sell it.

Traditional Maasai blankets. Standing somewhere between 3 euros. Cheaper I never seen in Tanzania

Immediately you could buy a couple of goats

Goats can also be purchased already in finished form on a stick. Drinking cow’s blood by the way is a part of some sacred rituals.

Besides selling and vegetables, fruits, fish, cereals

It is safe to say, the market was not crowded

When buying capes should not miss in the choice of colors. They say red is inherent in men. It represents the color strength, the color of the lion. Blue clothes are mostly women, in addition, they can be decorated Bisser.

It is the only Europeans we certainly markedly different color of our skin and clothing.

Well, we wandered through the market, progladalis. Our grandfather bracelet was so nice that we wanted something for him to do, and we invited him to dinner.

Grandfather immediately stirred, waved his hand and offered to follow him. So he ran a few houses where they cook the meat …

In one of the houses he showed a sign that there is suitable type.

Chunks of goat roasted on the coals, and we patiently sat in the house and waited. White people are interesting. During this time we sat down to a young Maasai 17 years with his girlfriend. He spoke good English, girlfriend modestly stood in the doorway and did not intervene.

The meat was prepared and grandfather asked Felix to hold the leg and cut meat. He chipped the entire bone, pieces of meat fall into the bowl, and it was our lunch. All zapachkanye fat, we barely barely overcame the leg. According to Felix it was the most delicious meat we ate in Tanzania.

Everything ended shopping bag on the neck, in the back and home.

It was getting dark and the people dispersed. On this market too, our visit ended.

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