Wildlife and Warriors


By David Lazar
The Masai tribes people live in the wilderness of Kenya and still uphold most of their traditional values and customs. Traditionally, a Masai boy would only become a Masai warrior after he went out on his own and killed a lion, as a rite of passage.
Masai men are first and foremost warriors. They protect their tribe, their cattle and their grazing lands. Masai society is strongly patriarchal in nature, with elder men, sometimes joined by retired elders, deciding the most important matters for each Masai group.
In the Masai culture, it is traditional for women to have up to seventeen children, as her role in the tribe is to be one of multiple wives bearing as many children as possible. Now days the number has decreased somewhat down to six to eight children. Although giving birth to a girl is honoured due to the fact that girls can later be sold for marriage, the birth of a boy is in general a more happy event.


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