- May 7, 2020
The Maasai Cultural Group
TheMaasai Cultural Group
TheMaasai Cultural G roup
Ibelieve it is right to say tradition is an illusion of permanence. AsI carried out my research on the Maasai a cultural group East Africaat the borders of Kenya and Tanzania I came to the agreement withthis statement. I developed an interest in the Maasai culture aftercoming across it on an article that regarded it as the second mostpopular tribe after the Zulu in South Africa. My lack of knowledge onthe culture played a major role in developing the interest know more.I am eager to learn their way of life as a community and why theyremain to be unique in East Africa despite their interaction withvarious groups of people as well as factors that might erode theircultural.
Responsibilitiesin the Maasai community was allocated in accordance to one’s sex.Women’s daily duties involved making the houses known as themanyatta, collecting firewood and cooking for the family. Men arepastoralist for they wake very early in the morning to feed theiranimals. Overpopulation and too much pressure imposed on land haspastoralism difficult. They believe in a supreme being called Ngaiwho created the communities first warrior. They believe God manifestsHimself from thunder. Their taboo that caught my eye involves therelationship between male members of the society that have gonethrough all cultural initiation. If one was traveling, hunting, orgrazing animals and something happens to the extent that going homeis not an option, they will go to the nearest empty house and leavethere spear on the doorstep and spend the night uninterrupted. Thatis a symbol that a fellow warrior is using the house for the nightimplying the house owner will look for another place to spend thenight (Lawson et la. 2014). The agents of socialization among thewomen building houses is the female groups that they often come upwith. Men who ensure they provide for their families and animals,they have the agent of socialization is their culture which insistson man’s responsibilities as the provider. The issue of occupyingany house and claiming ownership by leaving a spear outside has theagent of socialization as considering cultural norms.
Thesethree activities carried out in the Maasai community affects itsmembers in different ways. Women’s responsibilities on makinghouses, cooking and taking care of their children helps in ensuringgood morals in the community. The father’s responsibilities ofgrazing animals and hunting for food provides the family with mealseach day. Allowing individuals to use one’s house in their time ofneed, on the other hand, brings about good relations in thecommunity.
Lawson,D. W., Mulder, M. B., Ghiselli, M. E., Ngadaya, E., Ngowi, B.,Mfinanga, S. G., … & James, S. (2014). Ethnicity and childhealth in northern Tanzania: Maasai pastoralists are disadvantagedcompared to neighbouring ethnic groups. PloSone, 9(10),e110447.