THE MAASAI VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
As the evening sun gave in to the horizon revealing beautiful autumn colors of orange and pink in the sky we arrived at the ”Maasai Boma”. The Maasai people have a very rich history, and Ill describe it briefly.(don’t worry I wont bore you).
The Maasai tribe originated from the North of Lake Turkana in the lower valley of the river Nile. They began migrating south in the 15th century and arrived in the long trunk of land stretching across central Tanzania and Northern Kenya during the 17th and 18th century. What makes the Maasai so admirable is how they managed to maintain their traditional authenticity even after years of modernization in science and technology. They are probably one of the few remaining societies in the world that choose to maintain their rich traditions despite the globalization effect. You can learn so much more about the rich culture of the Maasai through the internet.
Where were we? Oh! right! Yeah so we arrived at the Maasai Boma (the Maasai village) at around 6:00 pm and the sun had already began to set, I don’t know if it was just me but being there at this time made it so aesthetically pleasing (maybe it was the sunset). They welcomed me with a dance and dressed me up with their traditional attire and I gladly joined in the fun. We danced for around 20 minutes, it was so much fun and a real cardio workout if youi ask me.
Oh I forgot to mention that the whole traditional dance was done outside the village, after the dance they invited me inside the village where they showed me how they start a fire the traditional way. They have these 2 special sticks that they rub together until a spark is made, then they place the spark dusts on pieces of dry grass and blow on the grass until a full blown flame appears. Its an exhausting and slow process (ill stick to my matches thank you) but still a really cool sight to see.
After the fire activity I was invited inside a Maasai boma (house) by the chief’s son.His name is Tim. He spoke really good English. After entering the boma we were invited to sit in the local maasai bed. He gave us a little briefing about the maasai culture and he also cleared off false public perceptions of the culture.
One of the major rumors about the Maasai revolves around how they bury their dead. In the past people used to say that if a member would die, the villagers would leave the village and migrate to another area leaving the deceased. But Tim explained that clearly to me, apparently in the past the Maasai people would not abandon the dead but instead they would leave them in an open forest where the body was left to be feasted on by wild animals such as the hyena, lions and other carnivores. We also discussed about the traditional ritual of circumcision where Tim explained that up until this day they do not use any anaesthetic drugs during the procedure (Ouch!!!) and that a man’s strength is tested through the process (that is if he lives to tell the tale).
After the Boma tour we were walked across their souvenir tables that are arranged in a circular form. NOTE! You are required to visit and walk on each and every table even if you see something you like way before you are done with the viewing. I did not bother questioning this because it is obviously tradition. I bought a traditional cow horn necklace that I haven’t taken off ever since. The prices are a bit higher compared to other Maasai shops but I guess Its all about supporting the local community.
We finished the tour by visiting the local Maasai nursery school, the kids are taught how to read, write and count. They sang for us and we even played some few games. They were super adorable.
Finally it was getting late and cold and we had to leave, we still had a long way to go, said goodbye to Tim and his family and we were on our way, back on the road again. I Plugged in my earphones, played a Lana Del Rey song and snoozed my way to my next adventure.
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