The visit was coming to an end !
A visit to a world , isolated from what we call the ‘ modern ‘ world !
A world where life is in harmony with the nature .
Nice people – polite ,confident and friendly .
They are proud of their culture,customs,rituals,art and traditions.
Yet they are interested in interacting with the world outside .
With music and dance , they bid us farewell !
The school was a two – room building nearby.
There was only one class going on.
Children of different ages were there in the same room.
And young gentleman was teaching them.
This young boy was reading the names of the animals – in English .
The younger generation is interested in interacting with the world outside and they learn English.
The teacher explained the details.
The elder was watching him through the window with pride.
John told us about their life ,culture and the changes that happen with the changing times .
They are a nomadic tribe, though now the government encourages them to settle down and take up farming .
Their society is patriarchal in nature . The Chief takes decisions in consultation with the elders .
They have a religion, with a deity . They call their deity Engai .
Many tribes these days have been converted to Christianity.
They have a lot of rituals and celebrations in their life – at birth , at puberty , at weddings and at death .
Music and dance is a part of their life .
Killing lions was once important event in the life of each young Masai, but, now , is rare .It is banned by the governments .
The next half an hour was full of music and dance
They sang songs in their language
– African native music and dance – raw yet lively .
They asked us to join them in the dance – what non-masais call ” jumping dance ” and it was fun !
We did not understand even a single word of the songs , but the tune,the actions and the gestures made us feel good .