Life of a Maasai man is tough stuff. You have the important responsibility of feeding the family by ensuring that the cattle are properly herded, fed, and taken care of. Often, with only one morning meal in your belly, you have to walk long distances without water from sunup till sundown. In the dry season, you may even have to migrate your entire herd and form temporary bomas away from your family in your search for water and grazing areas. However, men enjoy a healthy vacation during the wet season where finding grazing and water is much easier. The life of a Maasai woman, on the other hand, is a constant struggle. Their role consists of making the houses, keeping track of all the cows, raising the children, cleaning, helping in the usual manual labor, making and selling beads and cooking. While I stayed with them, I did as the men did: practically nothing. The men may be the pater familias, but the women are the real workhorses that keep the society functioning.
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