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Discover the History of the Maasai Sword

11/30/2016 10:34

We're so excited to present this African Maasai sword from Kenya. Swords like these are referred to as "Semes" by the Maasai people. They are the constant side arm of the Maasai warrior. The sword is light and short, with a double-edged, leaf-shaped spatula blade made from steel. The sheath is made from real leather dyed red. Red is an important color among the Maasai warriors, because it symbolizes blood and bravery. The color is often worn by Maasai warriors as they believe it will protect them against wild animals. Historically, the Maasai people would give these swords as a rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior. This usually happens between the ages of 15 to 21. Upon their graduation, each warrior receives a sword like this, which they will retain throughout adulthood. The Maasai people use this blade for everything from clearing bush to butchering cattle or peeling fruit! They also us these swords for self-defense. Each of these swords is approximately 20" long. It can be difficult initially to pull the sword from the sheath, but over time it should become easier.

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