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The Maasai Facts about the Maasai Geographical Location East Africa in Kenya and Tanzania Language spoken Maa Neighboring Tribes Samburu Baraguyu Ilumbma Wa-Arusha Njemps Geographical sections of Maasai land Ilkinsongo largest Ilpurka 2nd largest Iloitai Ilmalapato Iloodokilani Ilkeekonyokie Ilkaputiei Ildamat Ilsiria Ilwuasinkishu Ildalalekutuk and Ilaitayiok Each section has its own name territory dialect ceremonies ways of building houses and kraals and leadership authority Staple food Milk ghee meat blood of cattle various herbs and plants Four major ceremonies performed 1Lengipaata A ceremony boys undertake just before circumcision 2Emorta It is the circumcision ceremony It initiates boys into warrior hood 3Eunoto It is the graduation of warriors into elder hood 4Olngesherr Confirmation of total elder hood Four major stages of a Maasais life 1Ikera Youth before circumcision 2Emarota Youth after circumcision 3Ilmoran Warriors 4Ilpayiani Elders The Maasai Elders and their marriage customs The Maasai are a close-knit society where every member is just as important as another Uncircumcised youths Inkera are responsible for herding and well fare of the cattle the most important commodity of the Maasai Circumcised youths Emorata eventually become the warriors Ilmoran who are totally responsible for protecting the tribe from rivals and other dangers such as lions However the Elders Ilpayiani are probably the most important people of all in Maasai society Highly respected the respect reserved for them is unsurpassed They take all major decisions for the clan Only elders are present for the meetings where decisions are taken A non-elder is present only if the meeting is about that person When a senior warrior prepares himself for his new life as an elder he is told Now that you are an elder drop your weapons and use your head and wisdom instead and Master the are the tongue and wisdom of the mind A new junior elders first concern is marriage This is because the Maasai
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