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    Kikuyu Rituals

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    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 ceremonies. The Batuni (platoon) oath, or the muma was ngero (the oath for killing), varied more compared to the unity oath, but all the oath takers agree that it was stronger. The oath had a more taboo like rituals, with things like inserting penises into cut up goat meat. Still, they had the traditional parts of the first oath like taking off all their clothes, and wrapped in goat meat. Karigo Muchai, a forest fighter who wrote his part of the Mau Mau war in The Hardcore, he described taking the Batuni oath after being detained and beaten for two weeks for no reason. After this he wanted to join the cause and searched for to take the oath. Muchai was led to a dark room, and was ordered the removal of clothes while being hit a few times. Sitting on banana leaves with a longstrip of goats meat around his neck, Muchai was then ordered to place one end of the goat 's meat against his penis. Around Muchai and six others laid an upside…

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    Kikuyu Tribe Essay

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    Kikuyu tribe is the largest ethnic group in Kenya. Kikuyus make up 22 percent of Kenya’s population. The Kikuyu people speak Kikuyu language. They are neighbors to Embu, Meru and Mbeere tribes around Mount Kenya region. Kikuyus belong to the Bantu tribe that is believed to have migrated from West Africa together with other Bantus. The Kikuyus lastly settled around Mt. Kenya region. Culture and Lifestyle of Kikuyu Tribe Today, majority of Kikuyu people live in the Kenya's central region.…

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    Kabango a leader of the Kikuyu Tribe in The Story of Kikuyu Chief, states “We elders looked at each other. Was this the end of everything that we had known and worked for? What magic had this on of my father made that he who was not yet and Elder should be made leader over us all who were so much older and wiser in the ways of our people? It was as if a thunderbolt had fallen among us.” (St. Barbe Baker). Europeans went against the customs of Africans in the government. Only elders were allowed…

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    camps feel detachment from their village and families at home. 6. Certain details from Ngugi wa Thiong’os story, “The Return,” suggest why Kamau and other Kikuyu men did revolt against colonial rule. One detail that supports the reason why Kamau and other Kikuyu men did revolt is to maintain their tight family bonds. Families are commonly split up when the Security Forces involve, “whose deaf son [had] been kill[ed] by the Security Forces just before he himself was arrest[ed]”, helpless men…

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    influential men in the world. He is a well-known white archeologist from Africa. Louis Leakey did a lot of things for Africa historically. Also Leakey won an award from a museum and organized an important event. He is an interesting person to talk about from his accomplishments to his personal life. Without Louis Leakey’s impact how would have our history turned out? Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was born on August 7th, 1903. He was raised in Kabete—small tribe in Kenya—nine miles from the city…

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    1. Buganda Agreement of 1900 was a collaborative agreement between the British administration and the Buganda chief. The agreement consisted of the Buganda people paying taxes to the administrative heads residing in their lands, while the social status quo of the Buganda people stayed intact. Hierarchy of rule did not change. This all happened juxtapose to Harry Johnson establishing a system of land tenure 2. Githaka was the gathering of land owned Mbari. Mbari was a clan of elites and their…

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    Mental Illness and Ethnocentrism As a psychology major, I have been very curious to see what conclusions we can make about the human mind when looking through an anthropological lens. Naturally, when presented with the opportunity to look at anthropological research of my own choosing, I looked for something with strong psychological implications. I chose to examine an article written by Susan Abbott and Ruben Klein titled Depression and Anxiety among Rural Kikuyu in Kenya. Although it was a…

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    There were a number of groups that formed in response to the unjust policies of the British governing them, the first major one being the Kikuyu Central Association. This group petitioned against the colonial rule, rejecting their authority and campaigning against the “kipande,” which was the collection of fingerprints and personal information of all African males intending to restrict the unsanctioned movement of these Africans since they had to wear this information at all times (Anderson…

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    Cultural Notebook: Religion Maasai Tribe: The Maasai follow a traditional African Religion. With everyone in the tribe believe the same beliefs and follow the same rituals. They believe their god is the one true god and he’s the superior The Maasai Believe in the god Ngai; also known as Enkai. In the beginning of time, the sky and the earth were combined together and Ngai took control of the sky. Ngai is known to have no gender but is known to be a masculine and feminine. Their god is…

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    ECOTOURISM AND CULTURE IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION Cultural Practices These were the entities that were embedded in the people’s way of life such that there practice was well understood by the community members; generations through generation. Examples include: Shrines and sacred groves: These Certain trees and groves that were considered sacred thus set aside as special places/ sites for offering sacrifices to the gods and spirits. Prayers were also conducted here. For example, Mugumo tree…

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