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The jewelry of the Maasai

One of the most fascinating peoples in East Africa are the Maasai. Their colorful pearl jewelry - worn proudly on the ears, neck, wrists and ankles - forms a photogenic contrast to her black skin, which is why she is in almost no illustrated book about East Africa or Photo album of an East Africa traveler is missing.  In addition to its aesthetics, jewelry in many cases also has the function of something about to state the status or origin of the person. The arrangement of colors and Pattern or the combination with the clothes, the hairstyle or the body painting to let on belonging to a certain clan or on social status close - for example whether it is a married, divorced or pregnant woman, one uncircumcised man, a warrior or similar acts.For example, one recognizes a marriageable, Woman on a headband with small metal plates, that stretches from ear to ear. On the wedding day the bride wears a so-called Entente, a voluminous wedding necklace with long strings of pearls that come down t…

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