Maasai Culture In Kenya

maasai culture in kenya


The Maasai represents Africa traditional culture despite the modern western culture which is being adopted by most African countries, the Maasai tribe has remained firm. The tribe is famous worldwide because of keeping their tradition. They produce art and craft products including the beading and jewelry. The Maasai beading design is popular that many cultures many producers have used it to make shoes and even hand bags.

Most of the Maasai people live in the Southern part of Kenya, the tribe occupied a wide land in the past and they lived in southern and Central Kenya practicing their culture. The Maasai language relates to Samburu and Njemps and the tribe’s culture is also related because they are nomadic cattle herders but they are now involving themselves in farming. Their culture is related to their belief that one day their God called Enkai sent them gifts of cattle through a tree which was left attached between the earth and the sky after both were separated. They believe that cattle are God given therefore a sacred gift, the grass is also considered as sacred meant to support the life of their gifts.

The lion is seen as an enemy to the cattle, they guard themselves from this enemy through protecting their homes with thorny branches which make the fence. They have also formed a ceremony for young morani who they call the worriors. The moran have to prove their courage by killing the lions in the jungle. They hold traditional parties and arm themselves with spears and hides of other animals then go to the forest to kill lions. The moran wore grass on their legs then approach the lion silently.

If the warriors accomplish their mission by killing a lion then they would go home celebrating and dance engilakinoto dance which has a style of thrusting their chest and leaping up to almost four feet up the ground. The tribe also has a dance of blessing their cattle. They have other famous parties when the boys are being circumcised and another ceremony after they are circumcised called the convalescence, the boys decorate their faces with powder and wear black. After the two ceremonies the young men are now called the moran, they pierce their hear lobes like women do and they let their hair grow and color it with red ochre. They consider red as their sacred color, this is also demonstrated by their blankets shukka and they use.

They wear wear beadings which have been made by the women, the beading has red, blue and green colors, Blue color symbolize their God, the color of the sky, the red color is their sacred color while the green is the color of the grass which is also sacred in their culture. The women wear a necklace which is disc shaped. The unmarried women also wear these necklaces and perform their traditional dance called the Olamal. Maasai women perform this dance in order to pray for blessings in their community. As the maasai girl grows older the decorations especially in her hears are increased, during the wedding day a lot of decoration is put around her body this is in form of necklaces and other jewelry’s.


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Born in the vibrant heart of Nairobi, Kenya, Wa Kimani was always destined to stand out. From the colorful markets of her hometown to the world's most sophisticated art galleries and fashion runways, her journey has been one of relentless passion and unique insights into the world of fashion and art.

From an early age, Wa's love for patterns, textures, and colors was evident. As she grew, so did her inclination towards integrating traditional Kenyan elements into modern designs. Her family often recalled her incessant sketching and her knack for turning ordinary fabrics into extraordinary ensembles.

Wa's academic pursuits led her to one of Kenya's esteemed universities, where she majored in Fine Arts with a focus on contemporary African fashion. During her years in academia, she frequently contributed articles to local magazines, always stressing the symbiotic relationship between art and fashion.

After graduating, Wa ventured into the fashion journalism scene. She quickly gained recognition as an authoritative voice, blending her keen aesthetic eye with a profound understanding of Kenya's rich artistic heritage. Her articles, deeply rooted in both tradition and modernity, have since graced the pages of international fashion and art journals.

Today, Wa Kimani is celebrated not only as an accomplished writer but also as an advocate for the fusion of traditional African art with contemporary fashion. Through her writings and collaborations with designers and artists alike, she continually strives to showcase the beauty and depth of Kenyan culture to the global audience.

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