The Masai

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Vervet monkeys

Woke up about 6:15am as Bon was crashing around. Had eggs, toast, cornflakes and pineapple for breakfast which was yum. Made a packed lunch of a salad sandwich and banana then set off. Went to the same National Park and saw lots more animals that we'd seen yesterday, plus hippos, a male lion that had killed a buffalo, and a jackal. We had lunch near the Mara River where all the hippos were and where the annual wildebeest migration takes place. There were lots of vervet monkeys around too, and we'd seen them this morning at camp also. In the afternoon we visisted a Masai village, which was amazing. First off we saw a welcome dance by the men, and they did some jumping. Then we entered the village (bomas in a circle with area for cattle in the middle) and learnt about the houses.

White men can't jump...not like these guys!
They are quite large inside. The first room is for the baby animals, second for guests and third for family: kitchen with one bed for parents and one bed for kids. Then we played with the kids for awhile, they were so cute! They all had snot covered noses and fly filled eyes. We learnt how tto make fire, and finally went to their little shop where I bought a bracelet. We also saw the women do a dance.

Some very interesting facts we learnt about the Masai:

-They live to 70-80 years old cos their diet consists of blood and milk for breakfast and dinner (they don't eat lunch).

-They don't suffer from AIDS as they only sleep with the wives of the group of men they were circumcised with when they were young boys.

-The Masai are very vain apparently and the big holes in their ears are a great sign of beauty.

Masai children

-They only eat vegetables on special occasions.

-When the boys hair is dyed red it is the time of the circumcision ceremony.

-They move their village every 5 years (takes 3 months to build a new one out of animal poo and sticks) as the termites gradually destroy it.

-Cows are highly valued and are worth AUD$500 each and are used as dowry

-Women marry at 18-21 and men at 20-24, they don't marry within their village

-They learn English at school which is what our entry fee to the village paid for

After the Masai we came back to camp where I was on cooking duty with Shelley, Karl and Tania. We had fried potatoes, fried chicken, coleslaw and beans/carrots in sweet chilli sauce. Watermelon for dessert. All were good! Had a great shower too, warmed by the fire the Masai kept stoked outside. Forgot to mention we got charged by a bull elephant today, it was crazy! Headed to bed 9:15pm and fell asleep immediately.

jlchatham says:
Love all the little details about food and sights and stuff. Cheers.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
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Vervet monkeys
Vervet monkeys
White men cant jump...not like th…
White men can't jump...not like t…
Masai children
Masai children
Male lion
Male lion
Hippos
Hippos
The bull elephant that charged us!
The bull elephant that charged us!
Masai child
Masai child
The homes, built to the size of th…
The homes, built to the size of t…
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