The Masai are the most famous tribe in East Africa. A semi-nomadic people living in the savannah in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
The Masai have a reputation for fierce warriors, so a cricket team from Laikipia, unique in its inimitable beauty, looks very unusual. Beautiful photographs from the African coast.
(Photo by Carl De Souza):
We are located near Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. It is located on a coral island in the Indian Ocean. In Swahili, the city’s name means “War Island”. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
The Masai are probably the most famous tribe in East Africa. It has approximately 900,000 people, of which 350,000-450,000 live directly in Kenya. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
Despite the Masai’s reputation as fierce warriors, livestock is at the center of their culture.
About traditions. Until recently, in order to qualify to become a warrior, a young Masai had to kill a lion. (Photo by Carl De Souz):
But back to sports. High hopes are placed on the cricket team from the beautiful Laikipii plateau. She was formed to promote healthy lifestyles and is a role model. The ultimate goal is to participate in the World Championship. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
Cricket is a sports team game with balls and bats. The birthplace of cricket is England, where this game was known back in the Middle Ages. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
The game is played between two teams of 11 players each. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
Basic Rules. At each end of a small strip of earth, three posts are stuck in the field, on top of which are placed (but not attached) two small wooden planks. This construction is called a wicket in cricket. Players of the kicking team are holding bats at each wicket. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
The player, being next to one of the wickets of the serving team, throws the ball towards the other, trying to enter the wicket. The player of the kicking team, standing next to the wicket, tries to protect it using a bat. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
If the kicker hits the ball, he can run to the opposite wicket. The player standing at the other wicket runs towards him, trying to take the place of the batter. Each such run brings a point to the kicking team. The goal of the game is to earn more of these runs than the opposing team. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
One of the members of the cricket team is a Masai warrior. The ancient island city of Mombasa. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
Masai men have a wide variety of traditions and ceremonies. One of the most famous traditions is the “jumping dance”, which is performed by young warriors jumping high in one place to show their strength and dexterity. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
Throw. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
In this sport, the main competition is the Cricket World Championship, held every 4 years. This is where the Masai warriors want to eventually get. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
(Photo by Carl De Souza):
Another throw. (Photo by Carl De Souza):
The fierce Masai warriors are perhaps the most unusual cricket team in the world from faraway Kenya. (Photo by Carl De Souza):