How about a tribe that practices levitation as a ceremonial ritual : And to please a visitor a man gives away his wife to make love with his friend(visitor)

The Maasai Tribe



Yes, even as mind blowing and unbelievable as it might seem its happening some where in Africa, in the famous Maasai tribe.

This tribe is so filled with strange practices you had pinch yourself to actually believe each one of them. So?, brace yourself as you are once again in for a shocker and maybe this time some little laughing.


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Language - Maa, a language derived from Nilo-Saharan, related to Dinka and Nuer. They also speak the official languages of Tanzania and Kenya. Swahili and English.

Population - The Maasai population is now estimated 900 000
Although the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments have established programs to encourage the Maasai to leave behind their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai people have carried on their age-old customs. However this is changing, albeit slowly.
The MAASAI levitation dance 


Maasai History
According to the tribe's own oral history, the Maasai originated north of Lake Turkana (north-west Kenya) in the lower Nile Valley. They began migrating south in the 15th century and arrived in the long trunk of land stretching across central
Tanzania and Northern Kenya during the 17th and 18 century. The Maasai territory reached its most dominant size in the 19 century when they covered most of the Great Rift Valley and adjacent lands from Dodoma and Mount Marsabit.
     
 This practice however is not as deadly as the: Naked flogging ritual of the Donga tribe where men flog each other to near death just to please a woman and show strength.

1. Circumcision without anaesthetic at age (15-25) wow!
Another important aspect of Maasai culture is the warrior caste, which is known in Maa as il-murran. 
A new group of soldiers is initiated every 15 years or so, chosen among young men ages 12 to 25. These men undergo a strict training period that culminates with a series of initiation rites, the most important of which is circumcision. It’s carried out with traditional instruments and no anesthetic: 
The ability to withstand pain is part of the young warriors’ transition to manhood.

2. Possession of  Mystical and occultic  powers
The Maasai belief system is monotheistic. The deity is called Engai and has a dual nature—both benevolent and vengeful. The most important figure in the Maasai religion is the laibon, a kind of priest and shaman, whose role traditionally includes healing, divination, and prophecy. In today’s society, they also have a political function, as most laibon belong to the elders council.

3. A man gives out his wife to his male visitors or friend to make love to
Maasai villages are usually polygamous. When a woman marries, she doesn’t just marry her husband, but his entire age group as well. Traditionally, a man was expected to give up his bed to a visiting male guest. This custom is now disappearing, but it is not uncommon for the woman of the house to join the guest in bed, if she so desires.
The highest lift implies the bravest, so
spiritual powers and lift enhancement rituals were common


4. Female  gemital circumcision still practiced 
Despite being forbidden by Kenyan and Tanzanian legislation, female genital circumcision has long been widespread in the Maasai culture. But thanks to activist campaigning this practice is now decreasing, substituted by a symbolic cutting, with songs and dances rather than blades.

5. Babies start rearing cattless as soon as they start walking 
The main role of Maasai women is to have children, who are introduced to raising cattle as soon as they’re able to walk. Due to high infant mortality in the past, babies are not named until they reach three months of age.

6. The Shuka is worth more than any anything to the maasai(But it's just a piece of cloth, it used to be animal skin) 
The most recognizable piece of clothing worn by the Maasai is the shùkà , a sheet of fabric worn wrapped around the body. Animal hides were used up until the mid-20th century, when cotton was introduced instead.
The color of Maasai attire varies according to age and gender. After their circumcision, young men will wear black for several months. Older men usually wear red wraparounds, whereas women usually opt for checked, striped, or patterned pieces of cloth.

7. Beadwork on women  defines their integrity
Maasai beadwork is famous for its intricacy, and it is through beadwork that Maasai women express their position in the society. Natural materials such as clay, shells, and ivory were used before trading with the Europeans began in the 19th century. They were then replaced by colorful glass beads, which allow for more detailed beadwork and color patterns. Each of the colors used have a meaning: White symbolizes peace, blue is the color of water, and red is the symbol of warriors and bravery.
Ear lobs defined a true woman 

8. A stretched earlobe  with stones or rocks implies wisdom
Most Maasai men and women shave their head during rites of passage such as marriage and circumcision. Maasai warriors are the only ones allowed to let their hair grow, and usually wear it in thin braids.
The Maasai also stretch their earlobes using stone, wood, and bones. They usually wear beaded earrings on the stretched earlobe and smaller piercings on the top of the ear. Traditionally, both men and women stretched their earlobes, because long, stretched lobes were seen as a symbol of wisdom and respect. But now this custom is disappearing, especially among young men.

9. Diarrhea was treated via tooth removal  
Another type of body modification sometimes carried out by the Maasai people is tooth removal. The canine teeth are removed in early childhood as a remedy against diarrhea and vomiting, especially when they “stick out” on the upper jaw. In other cases, the two central lower teeth are removed to allow feeding in the event of tetanus or other diseases locking the jaw.



10. The jumping dance (levitation)
Besides their colorful costumes, proud warrior society, and fascinating customs, the Maasai are also known for their jumping form of dance, which is traditionally carried out by warriors.
This dance is known in Maa as adumu or
aigus. The Maasai warriors form a semicircle and take turns jumping at the center, as high as possible, without letting their heels touch the ground. As each man jumps, the others sing a high-pitched song whose tone depends on the height of the jump.

11. They deserve a grammy for their singing ability 
Traditional Maasai music follows a call-and-response pattern called namba . A vocalist known as olaranyani sings the melody, and the chorus responds in unison. Singing is accompanied by body movements, tilting the head back and forth.


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