Imagine that you have been asked by a famous magazine to write an article about the life and customs of the Maasai in pre-colonial Africa. Write the article, giving it an interesting title.
Peculiarities of Maasai Culture
The word Maasai means ‘My People’ (‘Maa’ means ‘My’ and ‘Sai’ means ‘People’ in their language). They are traditionally nomadic people. Their society is divided into two parts-Elders and Warriors.
The Elders belong to the higher age group and decide on the affairs of the community by meeting as a group and also settle disputes.
The Warriors are the younger group who are responsible for the protection of the tribe. They also organise cattle raids when it is required.
Since cattle are their wealth, these raids assume importance, as in this way, they are able to assert their power over other pastoral groups. However, the Warriors are subject to the authority of the Elders.