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Tanzania – Symbolism among the Maasai

Leeyo, the first Maasai had two wives. Each wife had her own house. The cattle of the first wife were all red and her house was known as the house of the red cattle, or simply as the ‘red house’. The cattle of the second wife were all black and her house was known as…

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Maasai – Animals used for Peace ceremony

The Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania are all cattle keepers. The economy of the Maasai is based on their cattle and all the social aspects of the community are based on livestock. During drought or famine the Maasai exchange livestock with other communities such as the Kikuyu, Okiek or Kamba. They give butter in an…

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Kenya, Maasai – This name goes with you

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Maasai life is full of feasts and festivities and occasions to celebrate. Looking at a Maasai man’s or woman’s life-cycle gives a fair overview of the rich and full life they celebrate. This will become clear with the description of a particular ceremony: a child’s name-giving. During the first four to six months of life,…

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Kenya – Maasai “He is gone”

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  According to Maasai legend, in the beginning there was no death. Once upon a time, there was a man called Natero Kop. He was the first man that Naiteru-kop brought to earth. Then Naiteru-kop called Leeyio and said to him, “When a man dies and you get rid of his body, you must remember…

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The Maasai Marriage

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When a man wants to marry a young woman, he takes the initiative by singing her praises, and giving her a little necklace or jewel. When the news spreads, he brings honey to the women from his clan living in his future wife’s house. They give the honey to the young woman’s mother, and, if…

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The Maasai Colours

Red and black are two of the fundamental colours in the Maasai culture and symbolize God’s two main traits. Red depicts anger and benevolence, and black (or dark blue) the sanctity of a person or object. Above all, they invoke God himself as Papa Jai Orok (the Black father) and they ask him to cover…

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Kenya – A Journey into Maasai Culture

In the land where the Maasai live, the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania, cacti trees dot the green savannah. There are ample lakes, winding rivers, and vast plains leading sweetly towards green hills. The far away mountains have magical names – Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Meru, and Lengai. They look after this savage and mysterious…

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Advocacy

A Nun faces big multinational corporations.

Sister Nathalie Kangaji has never been ready to accept injustice. She has been fighting for ten years as coordinator of the Legal Aid Center (CAJJ)…

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Baobab

Why the Bat Flies at Night.

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. Always Missionaries.

It doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. Even those who are most frail, limited and troubled can be missionaries in their own way, for…

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