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Meet The African Tribe That Spit On Each Other As A Sign Of Greeting

Source: Wikipedia.org (Masai People)


Source Link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maasai_people#:~:text=The%20Maasai%20(%2F%CB%88m%C9%91%CB%90,their%20distinctive%20customs%20and%20dress.


I can only imagine how angry you'd be if someone spit on you. Spitting on the ground is a sign of disgust; spitting on a person in the civilized world indicates a total lack of respect and is a sign of aggravation towards that person; and even then, it is uncommon since it will result in an irreparable quarrel.


The Maasai are a nomadic tribe from Kenya and Northern Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The people and their culture are a big draw for tourists. Spitting is how the Maasai tribe greets each other; unlike the civilized world, where we simply shake hands and say hello, they spit to greet each other. They also spit to wish someone good luck and to seal a deal.


Before shaking hands, the Maasai people spit on their palms to signify approbation or support.

Spitting also represents a variety of other positive aspects of the Maasai way of life. They spit on their newborns to wish them a long and prosperous life.


During wedding rites, the bride's father spat on her shaved head, which is rubbed with lamb fat, and on her chest.

So these are the several reasons why the Maasai spit on themselves. They regard it as a symbol of goodwill, approval, and blessing. Medically, this is not safe and has been condemned because spitting on someone can easily transfer diseases.


In a time like this, when corona exists, picture the entire planet spitting on one other as a culture; the entire world would be sick by now.

Aside from that, the Maasai have a wonderful culture, wearing native red dresses known as shuka and adorning themselves with beads. Their source of income is nomadic farming, which they supplement by displaying their culture to tourists.

What would you do if you met someone from the tribe and they greeted you like that?


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