Facing Mount Kenya; the Tribal Life of Gikuyu Setting & Symbolism

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Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is a prominent mountain in Gikuyu and is believed to be the residence of God.

Gikuyu, Kenya

Gikuyu is a country in the center of Kenya, Africa, and is home to nearly one million people.

Polygamy

Polygamy is a system of marriage that allows an individual to have more than one spouse. The Gikuyu are a polygamous society.

Calabash

A calabash is a vine grown for fruit, which is dried and used as a container for liquid, due to its bottle shape.

Bloom

A bloom is the metallic iron that is the result of the heating of ore by ironworkers of the Gikuyu people.

Circumcision

Circumcision is a rite of passage of Gikuyu young men that involves the removal of the foreskin on the penis.

Clitoridectomy

A clitoridectomy is the female rite of passage in the Gikuyu tribe, and involves the removal of the...

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