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A review of different ARP models indicate that for it to be taken up by communities, consideration of the sociocultural context is key . The maasai children are named upon reaching the age of 3 “moons” and their heads are shaved clean apart apart from a tuft of hair, which resembles a cockade, from the nape of the neck to the forehead. The young boys are also shaved two days before they are circumcised. The young warriors then allow their hair to grow, and spend a great deal of time styling the hair. The bride wears her marriage collar only on her wedding day, but Maasai women wear similar collars on a more regular basis for dancing. These collars are generally larger in diameter, without the attached square or the dowry strings, and a woman may wear eight or ten of them stacked up.

A Brief Look into Maasai History

The CLARP intervention in Kenya is one of the classic models of community-led initiatives aiming at changing perceptions, attitudes and behaviours towards FGM/C practices. Within Kenya, there are also wide ethnic and cultural variations in the distribution of FGM/C prevalence. Ethnic differences appear to highly correlate with high prevalence in sub-regions and counties that are predominated by the Somali, Samburu, Kisii and Maasai communities at 94, 86, 84 and 78 per cent, respectively . Even the specific form of FGM/C practised varies across communities. For example, 75 per cent of the FGM/C exercised by Somalis are of the most severe Type III infibulation . The Kisii and Maasai communities practice Type I clitoridectomy and Type II excision, respectively .

Graduation from warrior to junior elder takes place at a large gathering known as Eunoto. The long hair of the former warriors is shaved off; elders must wear their hair short. Warriors who do not have sexual relations with women who have not undergone the “Emuatare” ceremony are especially honoured at the Eunoto gathering. Traditionally, the Maasai conduct elaborate rite of passage rituals which include surgical genital mutilation to initiate children into adulthood. The Maa word for circumcision, “emorata,” is applied to this ritual for both males and females. This ritual is typically performed by the elders, who use a sharpened knife and makeshift cattle hide bandages for the procedure.

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The Maasai are nomads so they move around in the area and the locals know best where to find them. And because of a lot of Maasai work within the tourist industry, you can just ask them to organize a trip to their village. It can be more of an authentic experience if you’re not afraid to ask around and ask for more remote villages in the area. Nowadays, many Maasai people live an urban lifestyle so they eat a more varied diet than just milk, blood and meat. Maasai are cattle-herders and their lives revolve around their livestock.

The floors of the huts are the bare grounds we walk on, which are swept at the end of the construction. For a long time now, the Maasai women have been the ones building the “Inkajijik” – the Maasai hut which is normally circular or loaf shaped. As strange as it may sound to some, the Maasai do in fact drink the raw blood of the cows and goats that they slaughter, which is their primary source of food. Of course, this does not happen anymore as protection of our precious wildlife is paramount.

Not a lot of opportunities – In the village, there are not many ways to make money. Some men and women wake up at the crack of down and travel 3 hours into the central city, Arusha, to try to make money and come back to the village at night. Tobiko, who is college educated, explained that he has tried to find a job but has been unsuccessful. Maasai marriages are Polygamous – it is common for a man to have several wives. When we visited Tobico’s mother in her home, there were two other homes on the same boma for the other wives. The Maasai man is financially responsible for all of his wives.

Quantitative analysis shows that CLARP had discernible impacts on CEFM rates in Kajiado compared to control counties. The Emuratare is the most important ceremony in the life of a Maasai boy. Once circumcised, the tribe will consider him a man, warrior, and protector of his village. It takes about 3 months for the circumcision to heal and during that time the young men wear black clothing and live in huts built by the women of the villiage.

Cows are just another form of currency for the Maasai and a Maasai man cannot get married without the common farm animal. In Maasai language, it means, “I am going to Africa.” Isaya wanted to shed light on his Maasai culture, which is based on unity and working together. Residing in Northern Tanzania and Kenya, the Maasai people are an indigenous tribe known for the unique culture and traditional way of living.  Traditional economies breed strong, tight-knit communities where every member plays a role in either generating or supporting the production of goods and services.

Then, in due course, as warriors within their own village, they are expected to develop an unquestioning acceptance of the authority of their peers to emerge to elderhood with a strong sense of loyalty to this peer group. Marriages are arranged by the elders, without consulting the bride or her mother. As a result of their being younger than men at the time of marriage, most women become widows, and it is understood that they should not remarry. The last part of a Maasai village visit is their own merchandise ‘store’ with all their beading and jewellery on display. I experienced myself that because of the overwhelming experience and the pressure to give something back you will end up with a very expensive Maasai souvenir.

2) It’s a genuine cultural exchange – The foundation of Tobico’s business started with Tobico hosting people via Couchsurfing. He googled, “How to make friends,” and was introduced to the Couchsurfing app. The primary mission of Couchsurfing is to share cultures between the host and the guest. Tobico and I were around the same age and he had as many questions for me as I did for him.