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Kikuyu Community

_x000D_ _x000D_ Among the forty-four tribes in Kenya and the Northeastern bantus is the Agikuyu community. The name Agikuyu is derived from the kikuyu name for a sycamore tree/ (‘Mukuyu’’) which means a generation of a big sycamore tree (Mumbi and Gikuyu the first parents). The kikuyu community arrived in Kenya alongside their close relatives the Embu, Mbeere, Meru and Kamba._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_
_x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ The Agikuyu believe in the existence of a supreme being known as the Mwene Nyaga or Ngai who is not physically visible to humans but reveals Himself through the creations such as the sun and the rain.  Their worship place is the Mugumo tree which are believed to be sacred and they are never cut down. The Agikuyu believe that Ngai created the first human beings Gikuyu and Mumbi and then blessed them with 10 daughters (Wambui, Wanjiru, Waithira, Wangari, Wairimu, Wangui, Wanjiru, Njeri, Wamuyu and Wanjiku). Ngai would later provide husbands for the nine daughters and that’s how the Kikuyu generation expanded; the remaining daughter did not get married hence the name Wamuyu._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ The Agikuyu had nine clans according to the nine daughters of Mumbi and Gikuyu. These clans would select a representative to the council of elders (Kiama) which used to set the rules and regulations for the community. Further to this the individual clans would set some housekeeping rules to ensure smooth operations. Both girls and boys were circumcised as they transitioned from childhood to adulthood and they would get new roles after this in marriage for girls and war for the boys. This culture has had some adjustments given that girls circumcision is prohibited in Kenya but it has been retained for the boys.._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ The ceremonies (birth of a child, wedding and initiation) of the Agikuyu were characterized with food, song and dance. The main musical instruments played included; Rattles (Njingiri), drums (Kihembe), Horns (coro) and flute (muturiru). The food options for the kikuyu include; porridge (ucuru),Mutura (sausages),githeri(beans and maize) and mukimo (Mashed potatoes plus githeri)._x000D_ _x000D_

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