Masai warrior with spear, shield and lion headdress.

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Masai warrior

Masai warrior in 1907.

With spear, shield and lion headdress.

Masai are an East African ethnic group that is native to the plains in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The majority of the Masai living in southern Kenya. The people are mainly based in the Serengeti in Tanzania and in the Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Raids on caravans up to the coast made the Masai during the 19th century, to a widely feared group. Vast tracts of land between the coast and the Kilimanjaro were practically depopulated after their raids. From this time of the expansion comes the still existing image of the “warlike” Masai.

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