Maasai Homes

August 28, 2002 | Leave a Comment

Maasai menIn the background are traditional Maasai homes, shaped like loaves of bread. The houses, made of sticks and plaster, last about six years before the termites make them uninhabitable, at which time the whole village moves to another location and rebuilds the compound.

If a man has several wives, he also has several houses; each wife “gets” to build her own home. Young girls learn to build houses from their grandmothers, and practice at it as children.

(From a 2002 trip to Kenya.)


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