Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Postcard showing a Maasai girl, a celebrated ethnic group living in northern Tanzania and in Kenya. They are semi-nomadic pastoralists with their traditional lifestyle centring around the cattle which constitute their primary source of food. In the past, the Maasai had fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers, the latter stemming from the religious belief that God gave the Maasai all the cattle on earth, and that rustling cattle from other tribes was a matter of taking back what was rightfully theirs.

Stamp on the left is from a 2004 set of five on traditional boat races on the island of Zanzibar. Stamp on the right featuring an ostrich is from a 1990 set of 12 on Tanzanian birds. 

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