JULY 19TH AT 6:00 PM: I don’t know how to describe today’s events. I am still speechless from what I saw and could’ve done. Well, let me tell you what happened nine hours ago…
We were going to a Maasai village! The Maasai people reside in northern Tanzania and have their own culture, language, and clothing. Their lifestyle is one where they live in huts in a very dry area with little to no water. Not only that, but the men usually have a polygamous life where they have multiple wives. These men get circumcised in the youth while the women usually have female genital mutilation. Their lifestyle usually causes a variety of infections or possible diseases, but it has been their culture for a long time.
When we arrived at the Maasai village, we discovered around five huts. According to the one who owned all of them, they were his wives’ huts as well as his father’s. It was interesting to see the area, and we soon entered some of the huts.
Afterwards, it was time for the goat ritual.
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I was very nervous to see what would happen, and boy was I dazed after it occurred. THE MAASAI PEOPLE KILLED THE GOATS WITH A MACHETE! I could never get used to the thought that I saw goats dying from the thorn bushes and machete. I was slightly appalled, but I could never judge their culture/rituals. Soon after, they poured the goats’ blood into a bowl and swirled it with a stick. Then, they gave it to us to drink. I could never do it. I didn’t want to be disrespectful, but I didn’t think my stomach could handle the action of drinking the blood. My friends, on the other hand, did. As they drank out of the bowl, one of my friends went into shock (medical emergency) from drinking the blood and I was scared for my life. We were so worried about her, but after awhile, she was okay and we were glad nothing too serious occurred. When I turned around to the goats, THE MAASAI PEOPLE WERE CHOPPING THEM FROM HEAD TO TOE!
As they were chopping the animals, they asked us if we wanted to eat the kidneys and some of my friends did! I could still remember vividly them chewing and swallowing a slimy gooey part of the body. Eventually, they were done cutting the goat, and served us the animals for lunch using a bonfire to cook the meat. No way could I eat it. Not wanting to be disrespectful, I stood there watching them slicing the meat and serving it the people who wanted to try. My appetite was lost for the day.
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Following our “lunch,” we thanked the Maasai people and exited the village. Thinking back on the day, I still can’t believe I got through the ritual without becoming ill. On the other hand, it was an interesting event and it was cool getting to experience it with my travel family. Two more days left! Let’s make the best of it!