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The elegant people of Masai live in East Africa on the plains of Kenya and Tanzania The Masai are sleek and beautiful people who thrive upon protecting their cattle The Masai are sensitive to their own traditions and rituals passed on over 300 years ago The Masais strong presence on culture and traditions protecting herds and maintaining their identity with increasing pressures from colonial government rule are obstacles they have faced and will overcome today and many years to come The Masai live in countries that flourish with western world tourists and whose leaders promote the life-style of the western world However the Masai still manage to maintain their unique way of life The Masai embed traditions of protecting cattle and believe all cattle belongs to them which allows vast herds to thrive among the Masai The Masais ceremonies and lessons keep the culture alive for the young whom pass on to their young The Masai keep the tradition chain going to protect their culture The traditions they perform such as only eating oxen meat at a time when after child birth when a mother needs strength and when a person is recovering from illness are held very sacred to the Masai The outstanding tradition they perform is circumcision of teenage boys as a future step into manhood The way the boy reacts to the circumcision determines if he will be a leader or a coward The Masai have as many kids as possible to raise their population and spread their unique way of life The Masai are not hunters meat is not in their diet and only eat meat on rare occasions and they do not farm These key factors help the vast existence of herds on their lands such as the beautiful Serengeti Plain The Masai tend to worship cattle protecting the cattle and seeing all cattle as their own The Masai protect their cattle and believe it is sacrilege to break
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