Cultural Tour Overview
More than 120 tribes, each with an own culture, may be found in Tanzania. One of the most numerous ethnic groups in the area is the Maasai of northern Tanzania, a proud people who passionately guard their cultural heritage. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group native to the region of the African Great Lakes with roots in South Sudan.
According to oral tradition, they started migrating south from the lower Nile River north of Kenya’s Lake Turkana about the 15th century and eventually made it to their current range between the 17th and late 18th century. Several ethnic groups that had established in the region were either driven out or incorporated by the Maasai, who also adopted some of their customs, such as ceremonial circumcision and a more age-based social structure.
In order to be eligible for a wife as a Maasai Moran, one must historically have killed a lion. Although it is now officially prohibited, there is evidence that this practice still exists in more rural regions. Groups of young boys were also expected to create a new village and live there for long periods of time, frequently years, as part of their transition to manhood. This custom is now gone because to a lack of available land.
What to Expect When Visit Maasai Boma
A Maasai Boma visit is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. During your tour, you’ll see a demonstration of traditional Masai dancing, get a glimpse into a Masai village’s daily life, and get the chance to purchase jewelry made in the area. Maasai bomas are formed of a number of structures made of organic materials that are arranged in a circle to contain cattle.
When you first enter the village, happy children and adults welcome you with music and dance, with one of the dancers occasionally expertly jumping up and down. You will also be invited to participate in the dance as the jumps are many feet high. Then, you’ll be invited inside one of the Manyatta huts in the hamlet, which are made of cow dung and clay and are built on sticks. The trip lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, and at the conclusion, the locals will display and try to sell their bright beadwork and other handcrafted goods.
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