Masai Woman

Contest Info

  • Started: 7/23/2010 11:00
  • Ended: 7/27/2010 17:15
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 38
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Masai Woman
Contest Directions: This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images.
Photoshop this image of Masai woman carrying a child any way you wish. Some examples are - making this Masai woman hike at some other places, merging the Masai woman with some celebrities, designing a poster with this Masai mother and child, putting this Masai woman into some new environment, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.
Many thanks to Zsolt Zatrok Dr. and Stock Exchange for providing this photo.

Contest Info

    • Started: 7/23/2010 11:00
    • Ended: 7/27/2010 17:15
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 38
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
38 pictures
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    The Face of Africa
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    E.T. Trip
38 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The Masai are semi-nomadic African native people, living in the Savannah in the south of Kenya and in the north of Tanzania. The Masai are, perhaps, one of the most popular tribes of Eastern Africa. Despite the development of modern civilization, the Masai people have practically preserved their traditional way of life, though it becomes more and more difficult with every passing year. The Masai speak in the Maa language. The Masai population is approximately 900 000, of which, 350 000-453 000 live in Kenya according to various estimations. However, accuracy of this statistic is ambiguous, as the population censuses in this area are ineffective. The Maasai belongs to the Nilo family of language groups and probably migrated from the Nile valley in Sudan to Central and the South-West of Kenya somewhere around the 15th century bringing their domesticated cattle. Though other African tribes built civilizations and formed kingdoms, the Masai never deviated from the semi-nomadic way of life. Areas accessible for relocation have been considerably reduced in the last few years owing to urbanization and also the creation of the national reserves "Masai-Mara" and the "Serengeti". In the 14th century, the Masai completely controlled the Savannahs and with great difficulty, agreed for compromises with Europeans. However, the spread of the sleeping sickness epidemic, which is spread by the tsetse fly, resulted in a considerable reduction in the Maasai population. Despite the reputation of the Masai people as fierce warriors cattle are always central to their culture. One of their sacred beliefs say that the rain god Ngai has given all the cattle to the Maasai people and consequently, everyone who owns cattle have stolen cattle from the Masai. This belief, time and again, led to serious conflicts with other tribes when the Masai tried to take back "their property". The Maasia huts were constructed using dried manure and the drinking of cow blood is part of their sacred rituals. When tourism started developing in Kenya, the Masai could not take advantage of their control over the Savannahs. Tribes being in power willingly recognized traditional "possession" of all animals by the Masai and also handed-over the function of protecting the reserves and at the same time, groups of managers from other tribes took over the tourism industry of Safaris. As a result, tourism practically did nothing to improve the prosperity of the Masai. And now, the Masai continue to randomly "attack" tourists, begging for alms and do not participate in the high incomes generated from safaris. The Masai do not allow somebody to take a photograph of them easily without payment and don't like the reprinting of "pirated" photos. The traditions of the Maasai clearly regulate their life. Children are brought-up by age categories, between which traditional relations are established. Young men and girls undergo initiation ceremonies. It is categorically banned for a young man to marry till he proves his worth in war and hunting. On becoming older, groups take the responsibility of controlling the tribe and the oldest members of the tribe pass on their power and carry out other functions. The considerable number of traditions and ceremonies exist for Masai men. One of the most well-known is "jumping up and down in a dance", which is performed by young warriors by jumping high in one place, thus showcasing their strength and dexterity. Till recent times, a young Masai was supposed to kill a lion to become a warrior (moran). Officially, this is not practiced anymore, though according to some information, this tradition still continues to exist in remote areas of Kenya, particularly within the Maasai Province. Earlier, groups of young men should build a new village and live in it for long durations (often several years) as one of the requirements for acquiring the status of a man. This tradition is disappearing due to lack of accessible areas. Unlike many other tribes, the Masai women occupy an important place in culture and in the life of the tribe. It is very easy to distinguish them due to their shaven heads, bright clothes and beads. In addition, the removal of one of the lower teeth and circumcision is practiced by both genders. Circumcision is done by a senior Masai of the same gender. During the circumcision procedure, boys are supposed to bear the entire procedure without making a single sound. Such requirements do not exist for girls. Attempts by the Kenyan Government to abolish the circumcision practice were not successful, mainly because the Masai women stood in favor of the circumcision practice. Under the impact of civilization, tribes in Africa are getting reduced, which could damage their culture, originality and ancient way of life. One of the tribes is the Masai. The Masai are considered to be the most beautiful amongst the aboriginals of East Africa. Tall, muscular, with expressive faces, the Masai are convinced that they are the favorites of the gods and relate to the other inhabitants of Africa rather contemptuously. The Maasai is one of the most colorful tribes of East Africa. They freely move on the Savannah from one place to another, from one country to another country in spite of customs rules and state borders. Throughout the centuries, the Masai, unlike the Luo, Kikuyu and other tribes, have managed to preserve ancient customs and the leading way of life of their ancestors over the centuries. According to one version, the Masai originated from areas from the Upper Nile, i.e. Upper Egypt, which was located between modern Sudan and Eritrea. The Masai borrowed the customs of shaving the heads of women and removing the two lower front teeth from the inhabitants of these areas. Probably, the Maasia adopted short swords, sandals and togas of red fabric from the Romans, who captured most of North Africa. The Masai consider themselves as the superior tribe of Africa. The Masai is not bothered with the affairs of other lower tribes - the Luo, Kikuyu or European strangers. Since ancient times, the Masai respected only those tribes which could show adequate resistance. For temporary accommodation, the Masai construct huts, covering a round-shaped framework with branches of manure. The huts do not have windows and a hearth is located in the center of the hut near the beds made from animal skins. These huts are constructed mainly by women. While relocating, in the absence of pack animals, the Masai carry simple items and the frames for these huts on their backs.