There are large populations of Hyrax living in these valleys, which are completely devoid of fear of human beings. Situated on the banks of the river, the lodge offers accommodation in rooms, private cottages or at a private campsite. There are several beautiful tarns natural lakes surrounding the peaks. It turns out the book is an anthropological gem about the Kikuyus. Approaching either of these peaks is a serious technical climb, with varying routes rated between 3 and 5.
Though Kenyatta mostly plays the detached academic, his nationalism is clear here. This is an excellent book which delves into everything from the mythology of the Gikuyu, the creation story of how they came into being. Although not easy to follow, Jomo Kenyatta's monograph is an important study for those interested in the country and Africa as a whole. Their entire political, social, religious, and economic structures are based on land; therefore, Kenyatta spends much time explaining how land changes hand, how it is used, and the consequences of European rule over the area. The bog is a steep slope of tussock grass and rock, undermined by rich black earth. This mud makes for a slow difficult ascent and a perilously fast, slippery descent.
It is unique in anthropological literature for it gives an account of the social institutions and religious rites of an African people, permeated by the emotions that give to customs and observances their meaning. Specifically, he tells a story about how and why tribal customs are what they are. The disintegrative influence of European missionary and political efforts upon tribal life is trenchantly commented upon. Kenyatta also explains here how the influence of the Christian missionary has confused the Gikuyu, and why the Gikuyu foundation of life is damaged by Christian ideas. Some chapters were more interesting than others I felt. The writing style was approachable, and this made it easy for me, a lay-person to read. Special thanks to James Mbugua, William Kihare, Ken Mburu, Steve Wahome, Bongo Woodley, Simon Gitau Additional Photography by James Mbugua.
I have found these, and as I said above, this is essential reading for area studies — but brace yourself. A good read all in all Many years ago I read this fascinating autobiography by Jomo Kenyatta which tells the story of Kenya's struggle for independence. The light they saw at the top of the mountain, which they called ira, was in fact snow and ice. It is strongly advised that only competent and qualified guides are used on the mountain. Contents: Tribal origin and kinship system -- The Gikuyu system of land tenure -- Economic life -- Industries -- System of education -- Initiation of boys and girls -- Sex life among young people -- Marriage system -- The Gikuyu system of government -- Religion and ancestor worship -- The new religion in East Africa -- Magical and medical practices -- Conclusion -- Glossary.
The most disturbing passages here for a 2013 reader involve female genital mutilation, a practice that Kenyatta asserts as absolutely essential to Gikuyu life. Kirinyaga, now known as Mount Kenya, remains the sacred heart of Kikuyu folklore. His date of birth, sometime in the early to mid-1890s, is unclear, and was unclear even to him, as his parents were illiterate, and no formal birth records of Africans were kept in Kenya at that time. To the Kikuyu, and some other local communities including the Meru and Chuka, the mountain remains a strong cultural symbol and a source of inspiration. This small outfit is enthusiastically run and offers all inclusive trekking packages, as well as other local excursions. A sacrifice at the foot of the mountain brought forth nine young men from a fire to marry the nine daughters of Gikuyu, bringing the nine clans of the Kikuyu into being.
Ice climbers will find plenty of challenges on the mountain. This section contains 585 words approx. Obviously that was a long time ago so the details are hazy but I remember liking the book although that might have been mostly due to 1 I was a huge bookworm and loved reading anything I could get my hands on and 2 being a massive fan of Jomo Kenyatta he was President when I lived in Kenya and I saw him speak in person as well as on television etc when I was a very young girl. The temperatures here are often below freezing, and many climbers now feel the effects of high altitude. The lodge has a pool, tennis and squash courts. I found the chapter explaining the Gikuyu's de-facto political system to be an engrossing read. Tours and organized treks and climbs can be arranged through many travel agents and safari companies.
The Hyrax, which resembles a large hamster, is surprisingly one of the closest living ancestors of the elephant, sharing a common ancestor. We must all work hard, with our hands, to save ourselves from poverty, ignorance, and disease. The power of this sacred mountain has not been diminished by time. Driven off the North West face of the summit by a blizzard, Benuzzi and one of the other climbers managed to reach the lower peak of Point Lenana. He began to plan a daring escape from the camp, with a single goal in mind: reaching the summit far above his prison. Traditional belief dictates that all Kikuyu homes should be built with their doors facing the mountain. This source is particularly useful for the understanding of the Kikuyu kinship system, land tenure, handicrafts, the education of the young, initiation rites, age groups, political and legal organizations, and finally religious and magical practices.
Kenyatta's partisanship doesn't fail to bleed into every other passage in the book. An easy 2 and a half hour drive from Nairobi on good roads, the Mountain has excellent local accommodation and services for guests. Kasisi Global Institute Kasisi Global Institute of Leadership and Christian Witness is a 501c3 non-profit organization registered in the state of California under the directorship of Rev. It has been observed that these large mammals eat large quantities of stinging nettle as they climb. However the book is also a fascinating look into the early 20th culture of this east African nation. Should be a must read for anybody who wants to understand the kenyans in general and kikuyus in particular.
The final approach to the upper slopes is through a series of awesome valleys. Stefani mounted an assault on the North West face while Spinelli trekked to Point Lenana. Recently, climbers discovered the frozen bodies of both a leopard and a colobus monkey at the foot of Nelion. I have also been extremely curious to know how the Gikuyu went about life traditionally. Kasisi Online Resources Kasisi Facing Mount Kenya is an online database established to preserve history, encourage research and offer resources in matters of Christian missions, leadership, theology, and public policy. Facing Mount Kenya, first published in 1938, is a monograph on the life and customs of the Gikuyu people of central Kenya prior to their contact with Europeans. Overall though, the books was quite interesting.