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May, 2004
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The Lengeres family Living with the Maasai gave vegetarian Bree O'Mara the opportunity to try a spot of goat blood in her tea.

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• Tanzania has a population of 37 million.
• The Maasai number around 37,000.
• Life expectancy in Tanzania is 42 for men and 44 for women.
• Tanzania exports sisal, cloves, coffee, cotton, cashew nuts, minerals, tobacco.
• A common Maasai greeting is: "I hope your cattle are well".

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Part 5: Drinking blood

The Maasai, in accordance with their belief that Engai (God) gave them all the cattle on the earth, eat only the meat and fat of sheep, cows and goats, and drink their milk and blood.

Yes, blood. It's highly nutritious, you know.

A former vegetarian, I consider myself brave to have tried goatblood (in a cup of sweet tea), but can report only that I found it to be an 'acquired taste'… one I have yet to acquire.

Livestock is auctioned and goats slaughtered and barbequed every Wednesday at the Maasai cattle market.

Psychotropic

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The Maasai are famous for their brightly-coloured shukas

It used to distress me, I must confess, but lately I am learning to adopt a much more circle-of-life philosophy.

From the school I can see the morani gathering in their hundreds with their cattle.

It's a riot of colour; Maasai shukas (a toga-like garment) are red and purple and orange and the warriors' braid-and-beadwork headdresses rival my mouse-plough-plaits in their prettiness. I never felt so plain as I do standing next to a Maasai warrior!

The sale of a cow is often celebrated by a visit to a 'kilabu', a shebeen selling 'pombe' (local brew), an astonishingly potent libation made of bananas and millet. I haven't tried it myself, but by all accounts it is fairly psychotropic stuff.

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