Maasai Women build Manyattas (traditional huts) with branches, twigs and cow dung. It take two months to rebuild and this is done every two years due to termites. The whole village packs ups and relocates. Their basic role in society is living out the whims and caprice of the men in their lives. Words do not give enough justice to how hard these women work and how strong they truly are! #strongwomen#powerful#beautiful#women#tribe#africa#amazing#maasia#grateful
She's wearing Maasai AND Zulu beadwork. The beaded collar she's wearing is a Maasai wedding collar called "Inkarewa". Maasai beadwork embodies the whole of Maasai culture representing beauty, strength, tradition, warriorhood, marriage, age sect, marital status, social status and their deep love and devotion for their cattle. The colors used in the beadwork are not just selected for their beauty but they are also symbolic and have important meanings understood by the ethnic group. When women get married a special wedding collar is made for them by their mother and represents where they come from. Traditional wedding collars have several beaded strands hanging off the collar and these strands represent the dowry (#of cows) that will be given for the bride. Although this collar is reserved for the wedding day women will wear similar layered collars in everyday life and in ceremonies as a sign of wealth and beauty. For both Maasai women and men beauty is a very important aspect of Maasai culture and the beads are used as a form of adornment throughout everyday life, ceremonies, and rites of passage and is often given to visitors as a sign of gratitude and respect. NOW on to the Zulu necklaces (Zulu Love letters) that she has over the Inkarewa. The Zulu community basically uses the beadwork as a way to communicate with each other. Only women in my culture are involved in the making of beads and it is something that is passed down from mother to daughter. Men are not involved in the making of beaded jewelry but they do wear bead work. Zulu beadwork almost always involves communication between the sexes in regards to relationships. The design and colors of the beadwork together convey a message. For example a particular beaded necklace worn by a women may inform men that she is unmarried. Communicating relationship status and sexual intentions in this subtle manner helps the Zulu people avoid awkward social situations. Before we put on something from an Afrikan culture, let's take time out to educate ourselves about the meaning behind it. #Afrikan#Zulu#Maasia#BlackHistoryMonth#TribalThursdays#PanAfrican
I spent time in a village with a tribe called the Maasai. I even got a tattoo in order to become a tribe member. The people in Kenya are so welcoming but man was this a culture shock. The houses here have no light inside, so in order to see anything your eyes adjust after a few minutes. I also learned that lions are more clever than humans. The garments that the tribe members wear are red because it intimidates the animals and it is also easier for the tribe to see each other from a distance. The boys in the tribe go away for 3 years at the age of 13 to learn how to survive in the wild. They also don't come back until they have killed a lion. One thing I was impressed with is that they make their sandals that wrap around their feet out of car tires and a single pair can last 10 years! Learning, seeing, and spending time in this village is something you see straight off the discovery channel.🦁
The Maasai Tribe reside mainly in the southern part of Kenya and are also found in some parts of Kenya’s neighbor to the south, Tanzania.
The Maasai are not only known for their traditional beliefs but also for their exquisite artistry. To some of us it appears simply as fashionable but what many do not know is that beading to the Maasai is actually symbolic. This tribe has about 40 types of bead work that mostly feature the colours red (colour of the Maasai), blue (Godly and reflecting the colour of the sky) and green (colour of God’s greatest blessing, fresh grass after rainfall). The bead work is done by the women but is worn by both genders of the community. Unmarried women adorn one of the beautiful pieces created; a large flat disc that surrounds the neck, made up of rows of beads threaded onto wire, secured and spaced with cow hide strips. Married women on the other hand, wear long blue beaded necklaces, and also decorate their earlobes with long beaded flaps. (Zuru Keny, 2013) • photography: #pinterest •