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Maasai Circumcision

Images of the Maasai people who are an indigenous African ethnic group of East Africa. They live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The community is known for their diverse and rich culture and their patriarchal nature where elder men decide major matters.

While their lifestyle has undergone some changes in the past three decades in particular (some members of the Maasai tribe have moved out of their homeland and into urban areas), their strong social traditions remain intact and so does a good portion of them who have abandoned the urban-wave and remained and kept their customs. The Maasai culture, one of its kind, continues to inspire admiration and interest throughout the world. Its complex social system is based on a profound respect for nature. The traditional ceremonies, as the transition to adulthood for boys and circumcision of girls, are the pillars of a people that have refused to evolve and embrace the modern world. Maasai men are first and foremost warriors. They protect their tribe, their cattle and their grazing lands. Often standing over 6ft tall the Maasai warrior with his beaded hair, red checked blanket (shuka) and balled club, looks both fierce and beautiful. Maasai boys go through a circumcision ceremony at the age of 14 and then traditionally spending up to 8 years looking after livestock far from their villages. They become warriors upon their return to the village to get married. The Maasai women are...

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