Blessing In The Spit: A Rare Maasai Culture….


Spitting at someone in most cultures around the world is seen as rude or uncivilised but not for the Maasai people, who live in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

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For these people, spitting is a sign of respect.

The Maasai spit in their palms before shaking hands which indicates giving a blessing.

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Parents, friends, and family members spit on newborn babies in order to wish them good luck and a long life.

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It is documented that during Maasai weddings, a father blesses his daughter by spitting on her forehead and breasts.

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Spitting among the Maasai, who often lead a semi-nomadic life, is seen as a cultural norm although many anthropologists have condemned it as there is the tendency to spread diseases throughout the tribe.

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