One of those Masai members, living at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in a modest mud hut, has some how made his way to a place that has an internet connection and now Steve has been getting emails. The request? After deciphering the broken English (words were spelled out the way they sound, not how they are actually spelled) Steve informs us “they want me to buy a cow for the tribe.”
According to the Maasai Association, the Maasai prayer “Meishoo iyiook enkai inkishu o-nkera” translates in English to “May Creator give us cattle and children.” Cattle and children are the most important aspect of the Maasai people.
Interestingly, the Masai depend on cattle for many things but they don’t eat them. They drink cow’s milk and blood as a sacred drink, they use the dung to seal their homes. If a cow is killed, they use the horns, hides, hooves and bones for clothing, shoes, containers, etc. A Masai’s wealth is determined by the number of cows he owns.
More info on the Masai Tribe:
Nanci Haskin/99.5 WYCD