Masai warriors demonstrate their strength and skill with their jumping dance, or adumu. Straight, narrow, and immobile, apart from their feet and legs, is key to this competitive dance. The height and style of the jump is the way to show their warrior strength and, of course, attract the women. They take it in turns to perform, with each man normally only jumping two or three times in sequence.
The Masai provide the music in vocal form, and sometimes add a horn, but other instruments are rarely used. The tone of the voices often rises to match the height of the jump.
As the jumper lands, he bends his legs to take the impact and prepare for the next rise, but their heels never touch the ground.
The Masais often dance for tourists, and I’m sure these affairs are more relaxed than when they are part of a tribal ceremony. Their performance is important in achieving and maintaining position in the tribe.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 28 May 2019
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