“Our Culture”

TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

To answer a question I have been asked a few times.

Yes, both Maasai men and women have holes in both their ears. It forms a major focus for jewelry as the elongated ear lobes are hung with beaded and metal ornaments.

Maasai start this when they are very young.

A slit is made in their ears and wooden plugs are inserted to stretch the slit lobe. As the slit opens more into a hole the plugs increase in size.

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