The Maasai People: Background information when reading Hour of the Red God

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Hour of the Red God

A Detective Mollel Novel

by Richard Crompton

Hour of the Red God
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    Apr 2013, 304 pages
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    Apr 2014, 304 pages

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The Maasai People

One of the reasons Richard Crompton's Hour of the Red God is so appealing is that he delivers different, fresh characters who have a strong sense of (and often struggle with) their cultural identity. The star of the book, Detective Mollel, was born into and raised within the Maasai tribe, one of Africa's semi-nomadic, cattle-herding groups.

The Maasai people speak Maa, with many also speaking one or both of Kenya's official languages, English and Swahili. They reside in the southern portion of Kenya and flow into Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley. It is estimated that over 800,000 people belong to the tribe, however, according to the Maasai Association, "…Maasai see the national census as government meddling and often miscount their numbers to census takers."

Traditional Maasai houses (enkaji) are built (and rebuilt when the group moves to a new location) by the women from mud, grasses, timber, cow dung (which helps to waterproof), ash and urine. A typical enkaji ...

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