1921-22 – “CUSTOMS OF THE KIKUYU” –part 3
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When Ngai, the Maker, accepts the Kikuyu’s offering, there is great excitement. The mundu-mogo quickly goes from village to village, spreading the news. All the Kikuyu assemble at the chief’s village, their bodies freshly “ornamented with red clay and castor oil” and sing. A “Ngoma” (dance) is held which begins at sunset and lasts throughout the night.
The “witch doctors …having taken off any garments they might have been wearing, put on a girdle of leaves, oil themselves all over, and taking half a calabash (a bowl made of dried gourd) in one hand and a sprig of wild thyme in the other, set out for the boundaries of their district.” The calabash is filled with water and, using the sprig, they dip into the water and sprinkle the boundaries. As they anoint the land, they chant:
“Send us rain, oh Spirit,
And children, oh Spirit,
Goats, oh Spirit,
And milk, oh Spirit.”
The water drops represent rain, the great blessing on the land and the other blessings that follow in suit.
Next week: More Kenya and Nairobi news.
Quotes taken from The East African Standard, Febr. 21, 1920
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