Marking the people
The Masai have several customs that look strange in our eyes. When the children are 2 or 3 years old they burn a mark in their cheeks with a hot metal wire. Something like branding the cows, but different. At the age of an teenager the Masai get their ears pierced. Not the small holes we are used to, but big ones. This is not a must and in the village we visited there were several men and women who chose to not pierce their ears.
The Masai used to make fire with some simple tools like two pieces of wood, and some elephant dung as fuel. Rub the wood very fast, so heat is developped, the dry dung is a great fuel.
The Masai make shoes out of old cartyres. This must be very comfortable in an environment were the ground is covered with the thorns of the acacia trees.
This man had an accident in which the ear was thorn. The hole and the underpart of the ear dissappeared. We didn't ask how this happened.
Beautiful or not?
This picture shows a Masai woman with holes in her ears. It is tought to be beautiful, the bigger the hole the bettter.
The colorful beads do help to make it more attractive.