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The Maasai Culture In Kenya Culture

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The Maasai are a symbol of Kenyan culture because of their well-kept and traditional way of life (Kenya Information Guide). The Maasai people have been characterized as fierce, fearless, and proud of their culture (Imperato 79). The inkajijik or enkaji, a traditional Maasai hut, has helped the Maasai maintain their way of life and keep their history alive.
The Maasai tribe is located in southern Kenya (Kenya Information Guide). The Maasai tribe currently occupy about 160,000 square kilometers of land in Africa which is also a preservation of land called the Maasai Mara (Maimai 1). Although they originated in northern Africa, in the 15th century, the tribe migrated along the Nile River and stopped in Kenya (Siyabona Africa). From there, they traveled south and reached southern Kenya and northern Tanzania in the 17th century (Kenya Information Guide). Their love for cattle is the reason for these travels because they are looking for food and water for their vast amounts of cattle (Maimai 1).
Their deep connection with cattle is one of the fascinating aspects in which the Maasai is known for (Kenya Information Guide). The reason for this deep relationship is due to their belief that cattle are explicitly given to them by their god, Enkai (Kivulini Safaris).
Along with cows, the Maasai are interesting due to their inkajijiks. Inkajijiks are the houses in which the Maasai live (Siyabona Africa). The inkajijiks are arranged into circular kraals, in which men are in charge of
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