Oblivion is a fact of our lives, a fact that’s quite unacceptable, and yet quite unavoidable. It leaves us with two choices, either to fear it like Augustus Waters, or to embrace its occurrence, like Hazel Grace. The idea that all of us, everything we’ve learnt and passed on as a part of human civilization might turn into a lost world of ash and undecipherable theories, seems scary, that’s for sure. But the one thing we have to comfort us is the belief that we’re quite far away from oblivion and have a lifetime to spend just as we’ve planned to, in the midst of everything we’re used to.
Well, probably not all of us, as human beings, are as lucky.
LETUSGO TO AFRICA TODAY.
Today, through my words and you’re imagination, I am going to take you all the way to Kenya, to meet the Maasai Mara, one of the most beautiful prevalent tribal societies of the world. And, just to enhance your experience, here’s a glimpse!
Sunkissed and strongly built, the Maasai came up all the way from the banks of Nile and have led one of the brightest civilizations the world has ever seen. Clad in red, well known to their values and staunch followers of tradition, the Maasai live in houses of the shape of a bread loaf called the kraals. They have a boundary of acacia thorns for fortification and all the men of the group at guard. Women do the construction part along with cooking, getting water while boys herd the cattle. A boy of the Maasai tribe goes through a series of rituals before he can become a warrior to guard his people, including a tour of the section of land for four months announcing their age and circumcision before he can carry a large spear and expand his herd. The rituals aren’t just traditions, they are an integral part of a Maasai’s life, and are carried out willingly, without the slightest help medical science may provide. Once a warrior, the Maasai moves forward to choose a group of twenty to forty houses (Emanyatta) and then stay there for the next ten years before they carry out the Eunoto or senior’s warrior initiation ceremony, followed by the milk ceremony and the junior’s elder initiation. The Maasai follow the counsel of the elders among them. When day breaks, it is the elders who assign jobs and fix the routine to be followed.
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The Maasai respect their women, and, though staunch in their beliefs, refuse to disclose information about their circumcision ceremony to the world. They accept the possibility of medical injury to girls caused by circumcision, thereby prohibiting the same to a considerable extent. Women play an important role in carrying out everyday activities. Another feature that highlights the recognition of women’s virtues among the Maasai is that some men do not like their wives settling into a warrior’s circle during Emanyatta in fear of losing their love and admiration and the possibility of them getting engaged with someone else. The Maasai men are brought up to be strong but they also are taught that being a warrior doesn’t mean restraining from their own emotions. To take an example, a warrior feels emotionally disturbed after the milk ceremony because they are debarred from warrior hood; he feels awkward when he gets his hair shaved as a part of the milk ceremony.
The Maasai feed upon meat, maize meal, rice, potatoes, cabbage milk and blood from cattle for protein and caloric needs. The blood of cattle is considered a major energizing and healthy part of the diet and included especially in the meals of the ones who have been recently circumcised, intoxicated or in those of women who have recently faced a delivery.
The Maasai hold enormous love and veneration for their history and values, but they also accept rational changes as they consider themselves a part of the developing and growing world, as they send their children to schools and carry out trade with outsiders. A perfect blend of past and present, the Maasai are a wonderful specimen of the Almighty’s creation and the benevolence of Mother Nature.
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But, unfortunately, they are tangled up in the concepts of Private Ownership of land, which polarizes them and leads to the encouragement of selfish ideas, where some enjoy at the expense of others. Dependence upon market economy and participation in the Group Ranch project have further lead to the degradation of their economy. To sum it up, it won’t be wrong to admit that the Maasai, who chant “May the Creator give us cattle and children” as their prayers, are meeting a near end at the expense of civilization.
They believe, “It takes one day to destroy a house; to build a new house will take months and perhaps years. If we abandon our way of life to construct a new one, it will take thousands of year”, and struggle to keep up what has been carried on in ages.
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Since they are the most amazing lot among all of us, and since they’re closer to oblivion than any of us are, maybe we could take a step to preserve their customs. Maybe we could at least have a chance to feel the life they live. Maybe you could spend these holidays in a different world, or, if nothing, you could at least learn about their land from them? Join us to the trip to Kenya, to Masai Mara National Park, to an African safari adventure and a different world of eroding culture and strong patriotism. Contact us today and we’ll see to it that you do not leave without a big bag of unforgettable memories and a thrilling experience!
Author: Vanshika Agarwal
The tiniest one with the greatest dreams. Maybe traveling is about wandering to you, to me, it’s about feeling❤️