Facts About The Samburu People Of Kenya Where Men Wear Kilts Like The Scottish

Samburu people. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Gracenaisimoilema


The Samburu people of Kenya, like the Maasai, live a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Their livestock are essential to their survival. The Samburu place a high value on their cattle, goats, sheep, and camels, and their entire way of life revolves around them.

According to Siyabona Africa, historians believe the Samburu people are a reflection of their tradition and have not strayed from the ways of their forefathers.

Because of the importance they place on their livestock, meat is only served on special occasions among the Samburu tribesmen. They supplement their diet with vegetables, roots, and tubers, which they use to make soup.

The women are in charge of gathering vegetables and roots. They look after the kids and collect water for the house. They are helped by their girl children, who assist with household chores. The elders rule the tribe and make decisions for the community in Samburu culture. The elders plan the calendar for annual and significant ceremonies like weddings and circumcisions.

Samburu customs state that a maiden or a young man must be circumcised before entering adulthood. If a person is not circumcised, they are not allowed to marry. When boys are circumcised, they are considered warriors (a Moran).

The Samburu are well-known for their traditional attire. They usually dress in a cloth that they wrap around their waist like a skirt and tie with a white sash. The men typically dress in pink or black cloth, similar to a Scottish kilt, and accessorize with bracelets, necklaces, and anklets. Women, on the other hand, shave their heads and wear two cloths. One is wrapped around their waist and the other around their chest. The women select either blue or purple.

Women also wear brightly colored beaded earrings, bracelets, anklets, and necklaces. The jewelry they wear represents their social standing.

Dancing is a very important part of the Samburu tribe’s culture. The men form a circle and jump high from a standing position. They don’t use any instruments while dancing and singing. The Samburu coexist peacefully and are typically found in Kenya’s countryside.

They prefer to live in areas with plenty of grass for their livestock. When the land becomes dry, they frequently relocate. They build huts out of hide, mud, and grass mats strung between poles.

They construct a fence around the mud huts to protect them from wild animals. Their villages are known as manyattas. The Samburu are a family of five to ten people. The men are in charge of the cattle and the safety of the entire village.


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