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     Since the beginning of time, cultures have existed all over the world.  Its human nature to pass on the values and beliefs taught to us by our ancestors.  But what makes each society unique?  The particular way each cultural group celebrates the ceremonies that mark the growing stages of life.  The many transitions from inception to death are very powerful and meaningful in the lives of all cultures.  How these societal groups live their lives is marked by important rituals that prepare them for the next stages of human development.  In this essay I will be focusing on the Massai people of East Africa and how their ceremonies are essential to sustain the culture as well as themselves.