Maasai Cowrie Bangle - Maasai

African Angel ArtSKU: AAA1271
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Dimensions: L:3.1in W:3.1in D:2,2in

Maasai cowrie bangles are traditional jewelry worn by the Maasai people, who are known for their distinctive culture, vibrant clothing, and intricate beadwork, of which cowrie bangles are a significant part. These bangles are typically made by stringing together rows of cowrie shells on a strong thread or wire. The shells are often interspersed with colorful beads, creating intricate patterns and designs.

Cowrie shells have been used as a form of currency, ornamentation, and spiritual symbols in many cultures throughout history. In Maasai culture, cowrie shells hold particular significance and are incorporated into various aspects of their traditional attire and adornments.

About the Tribe

Maasai also spelled Masai (this is incorrect spelling of the British settlers and has remained in current use) are nomadic pastoralists of East Africa. Maasai is essentially a linguistic term, referring to speakers of this Eastern Sudanic language (usually called Maa) of the Nilo-Saharan language family. These include the pastoral Maasai who range along the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania, the Samburu of Kenya, and the semipastoral Arusha and Baraguyu (or Kwafi) of Tanzania. The pastoral Maasai are fully nomadic, wandering in bands throughout the year and subsisting almost entirely on the meat, blood, and milk of their herds. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of the danger. Until recently, a Maasai boy would only be crowned a warrior if they killed a lion single-handedly using a spear. Of course, this does not happen anymore as protection of the precious wildlife is paramount. Traditional Maasai people's lifestyle concentrates on their cattle which make up the primary source of food.

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