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 Social, Economic and Political Organisation of Kenyan Societies in the 19th C

Social organization of the Maasai
-The Maasai were divided into two groups; the pastoral Maasai(Purko) and the Agricultural Maasai(Kwavi or Iloikop).
-The Maasai were organized on clan basis with each clan associated with a particular type of cattle.
-Maasai boys and girls were initiated at puberty through circumcision. Circumcision marked entry into adulthood.
-After circumcision, the boys entered an age set.
-The age set institution created a bond among the initiates that cut across the families and clans.
-All the boys initiated together also formed a warrior class called Morans.

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