The Maasai and the Earth

The Maasai are an African community living in Tanzania and Kenya. Do you know this famous proverb attributed to them?

The Maasai are an African community living in Kenya and Tanzania. Its population is estimated at about 850,000 people who speak the Maa language, although most of them can also speak Swahili and English. They are commonly know in the West world for their big ear expansions decorated with wood and colored beads, their red robes and their dances in tribal celebrations.

As a predominantly farming community, they consider their natural habitat as a sacred environment that since the British colonization has dwindled until they have been forced to get closer socially and geographically to the adjacent urban contexts. An example of this total communion between nature and the Maasai is this famous proverb: "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

The Maasai and the Earth

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