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Maasai women in colourful garments from Rombo village | Coastweek

NAIROBI (XINHUA) -- Maasai women [left] in colourful garments from Rombo village which is located 200 Kilometres south of Nairobi, capital of Kenya sing and dance during a get together to celebrate their achievement as fish farmers. The community has started embracing fish farming away from their traditional pastoralist culture as they now own fish ponds and eat fish after they were trained and empowered by Kenya’s ministry of fisheries to embrace fish farming. NAROK (Xinhua) -- Maasai dancers perform at the annual Mara Day celebrations at Maasai Mara University in Narok, about 100 kilometers southwest of Nairobi. According to Wikipedia: Among the Maasai people, drinking blood from cattle has in the past been a part of the traditional diet, especially after special occasions such as ritual circumcision or the birth of a child. The mixing of cattle blood, obtained by nicking the jugular vein, and milk is done to prepare a ritual drink for special celebrations and as nourishment for the sick. However, the inclusion of blood in the traditional diet is waning due to the reduction of livestock numbers. More recently, the Maasai have grown dependent on food produced in other areas such as maize meal, rice, potatoes, cabbage (known to the Maasai as goat leaves) etc. The Maasai who live near crop farmers have engaged in cultivation as their primary mode of subsistence. In these areas, plot sizes are generally not large enough to accommodate herds of animals; thus the Maasai are forced to farm. XINHUA PHOTOS - TOM MARUKO and ROBERT MANYARA

 

'Maasai drink cow blood but don’t kill it' - suggests Hindu Leader

NEW DELHI India -- Kenya made headlines in most leading papers and TV channels with a remark by the right wing Hindu leader Mohn Bhagwat on Saturday said that people in Kenya sometimes drink blood of cows to survive, but they don’t kill them or eat their meat, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

This remark in the current controversy about cow slaughter, holy animals for Hindus, has made big news and is also gone viral on Twitter.

Speaking in Nagpur, the chief of Rastriya Swamsevek Sang, RSS, said that in certain situations like famine, people in Kenya drink the blood of cows to survive but they don’t kill them or eat their flesh, according to a PTI news item.

They insert a tube made of bamboo in the jugular vein of cows and suck blood.

But in no way the animal is killed for consumption since there is a ban on cow killing in the African nation, said Bhagwat, a veterinary doctor by training.
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They also ensure that while blood is sucked, the cow does not die due to it, Bhagwat added.

He was referring to traditional practice by the Maasai and some other tribes of Kenya.

His remarks came in the wake of controversy over ban on beef consumption in some States, including Maharashtra, and the recent lynching of a man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, after rumours that he and his family ate beef.

 
 

A lone Maasai herdsman tending his livestock in Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania | Coastweek

NGORONGORO Tanzania -- A lone Maasai herdsman tending his livestock in Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania.
WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - MUHAMMAD MAHDI KARIM
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