Kitale Local Customs

  • name´s giving ceremony
    name´s giving ceremony
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  • herbs for the ceremony
    herbs for the ceremony
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  • Pokot woman grinding the corn
    Pokot woman grinding the corn
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    Traditional life style of the Pokot

    by sachara Updated May 11, 2008

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    Pokot woman

    Many Pokot do live still very traditional with their goats, patinated gourds of milk or booze and tamarind seeds. They use also headrests, stools, wrist-knife and fingerknife.

    In the compound we saw a woman with a calebas container, but we didn't really understand what she was doing or preparing. She couldn't explain us herself. JLBG's idea is that she's probably churning butter.

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    Herbs for the ceremony

    by sachara Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    herbs for the ceremony

    The Pokot still have a lot of ceremonies. The elders of the community are making prayings and offerings. The medicine man has a significant role in maintaining the spiritual balance within the community. And feasts and dances are held to thank the deities for the generosity.

    We attended a ceremony, where a special kind of herbs was used together with very muddy water. It was fascinating to see it and to feel the atmosphere, though we didn't know exactly what the meaning was.

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    Pokot ceremony of name´s giving

    by sachara Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    In one of the huts in the compound of the Pokot people, where we were introduced, we were asked to attend a ceremony.

    In the hut a medicine man and some elders of the community were gathered for a name's giving ceremony. The mother with her child was also sitting in the hut, watching the ceremony and waiting for what would happen.

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    Pokot woman, grinding the corn

    by sachara Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    Pokot woman grinding the corn

    The Pokot people have still some traditional local lifestyles. The cow people are not only milking their cows, but take also their blood.

    The corn people are still grinding their corn with traditional tools of stone. A woman in the conmpound showed how to do this work, like their ancestors did allready for centuries.

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