The Dead Goats Eyes And Insert A Piece Of Reed Essay

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He was then instructed to take seven sips of the mixture from the banana stalk, seven small bites of the thorax, prick the dead goats eyes and insert a piece of reed into the seven holes of the ngata. Everything was done in a set of seven. Then the administrator had him take a bite of sugar cane, poured cold water over his feet and made a cross on his forehead with the blood and grain mixture. At the end, the spectators took hold of the skin ring around his neck, counting to seven, they all pulled breaking the ring and saying “May you be destroyed like this ring if you violate any of these vows!” Afterwards, he gathered in the room next door waiting till midnight. At the end of the night a total of fifty people or so took the oath. They were told before leaving they are all now “members of the KCA, and linked by an oath of unite which would extend brotherhood to all members of the Kikuyu tribe… The white man… was our enemy and should have nothing to do with him. The land stolen from our people by the Europeans must be returned; and this could only be achieved through an unbreakable unity of all kikuyu, who would act as a single man with a single purpose.” Afterward he was asked to pay an entrance fee. Majority of the oath takers felt a theme of rebirth, now born a true Kikuyu who called themselves ‘circumcised’. This oath had special meaning to the kikuyu people with elements of precolonial oath-taking, and elements reminiscent of the Gikuyu second-birth and circumcision…

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