This Masai woman met us as we were entering the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, near Arusha, in Tanzania, Africa. Her tribal beads, neck ring, and of course the earrings, are all typical of full regalia for meeting guests.


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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalyn9 months ago


  • guendalyn
    many thanks for that word!! Makes my day!

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter9 months ago

    great shot xx

  • thanks lynn, something to see in the flesh.

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton9 months ago

    Quite a difference from PBS Nat’l Geo’s documentary of several years ago. Then, their story was about their living in stick/mud huts in a compound designed to protect from maurading lions getting their cattle.
    The Ngorongoro Crater is a vast 22 mile diameter and environmentally stable habitat for all life forms, including lions. It would be interesting for a documentary update covering their cultural adaptation to the modern age.
    A stricking figure, Phil. What? Framed houses, not mud huts in the background? What did you learn? :-)

  • pete
    well, things haven’t changed much at all. they still live in mud and sticks huts (built by the women). Ventilation and light come through an opening about ten inches tall and three inches wide. Mud floor, no electricity, no running water, thorn bush fence around the village, livestock housed in the center surrounded by stick fencing, and lots of flys attracted to the you know what all over the ground! Did you know that the Ngorongor Crater is the largest in the world NOT filled with water e.g. Santorini’s caldera?

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie19 months ago

    Wonderful portrait

  • thanks shulie,
    a very different lifestyle in some other century!

    – phil decocco

  • Gilberte
    Gilberte9 months ago

    So glad I haven’t to dress up like that for receiving my guests……Poor ears!!!

  • Gilberte,
    me too! Men do the same things to their ears! Looks like an Ouchie! Old traditions die hard, if at all for the Masai.

    – phil decocco

    JUSTART9 months ago

    great shot

  • Sylvia,
    Imagine wearing all this…..and the ears!

    – phil decocco

  • WeeZie
    WeeZie9 months ago

    Wow, that is quite a capture. Great work!!

  • Weenie
    Being there is 90% of the challenge! Thanks much!

    – phil decocco

  • Brian Carson
    Brian Carson8 months ago

    Good one Phil. Great portrait of something we don’t get a chance to experience everyday. Instant fave.

  • thanks brian for your feedback and support. I’ve enjoyed going places and meeting different people, with different cultures and customs

    – phil decocco

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