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 (mä-sī′, mä′sī)
Variant of Masai..
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or Maa•sai

(məˈsaɪ, ˈmɑ saɪ)

n., pl. -sais, (esp. collectively) -sai.
1. a member of a traditionally pastoral African people of the upland steppes of S Kenya and NE Tanzania.
2. the Nilotic language of the Masai.
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Excision and infibulations are the most common among the Taitas and Maasais while clitoridectomy is preferred by the Somali and Taveta communities.
After the MP's remarks, local residents attacked Maasais in the area, killing two watchmen, and looting and damaging their property.But the court ruled that there was no direct evidence linking the MP to the guards' murder.
Yousuf said mining workers in Bolivia and Maasais in Kenya share the same spirit as the people in Machanoor do.
A group of Kenyans, popularly known as 'Green Maasais', have been working to make a mural from recycled materials to raise awareness on environment.
Cultural performers are taking centre stage in the participating shopping malls with international troupes such as the Mexican Aztecs, Mongolian Khalkhas, Papua New Guinea Hulis, Kenyan Maasais, New Zealand Maoris and Botswanian Khoisans entertaining with their unique ritual dances.
``Traditionally, Maasais have turned up their noses to education because they're a pastoralist society,'' Meyer says.
The residents, who are Maasais, are paid annually depending on the size of land that each gave out.
"We are exploring the option of recruiting the services of a market vigilante or even Maasais to help boost security," says Alfred Kuta, chairman of traders at the market.He also lost a watchman, a Mr Anyika, in the March 3 attack.
On Thursday, Lenku and at least 300 Maasais to stormed Tata Chemicals to demand jobs.
When she returned to Kenya, she worked at the Kenyatta National Hospital for several years before leaving the public sector to set up her private practice in Athi River- the Athi River Clinic- being the only doctor with a staff of four, attending to hundreds of thousands of Maasais from Kajiado.
Torere said they were being oppressed since they (Maasais) are the minority in Mavoko.