Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is it Maasai or Masai?

You may have noticed that "Maasai" can be spelled two different ways; "Maasai" or "Masai". Which one is the proper spelling?

I don't know. We are constantly told different viewpoints. You decide....

A google search of "Masai Mara" returns 1,320,000 results. A google search of "Maasai Mara" returns 293,000 results.

There is no wikipedia entry for "Maasai Mara". There IS a wikipedia entry for "Masai Mara".

All the signs into the national reserve are labeled as "Masai Mara".

The definition for "Masai" is; A Nilotic Language.

The definition for "Maasai" is: an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Generally, the people are known as the "Maasai"....which basically means the group of people that speak the "Maa" language. When referring to anything else....you spell it, "Masai".
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