The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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Like the Nuer, the Maasai believe that all cattle on earth belong to them, and that
taking cattle from others is their right. Originally it was God's intent to give all
cattle to the Dorobo, but the great Maasai ancestor Le-eyo tricked the Dorobo,
Like the Kamba, the Maasai believe that a comet foretells the coming of disaster,
and they say that a comet crossed the sky just before the appearance of l'Ojuju:
the great laibon Mbatien had also prophesied the advent of the white man in a ...
xenophobic tribe of Bantu-speakers who defend an enclave in this remote corner
of Maasai Land. Like many eastern Bantu groups of hill regions, they may have a
strong Caucasoid strain in their blood from the Hamitic tillers they displaced, ...
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