Nandi Community

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Nandi Community

By | August 2012
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NANDI COMMUNITY
Food history within the culture
The Nandi people are a number of Kenyan tribes living in the highland areas of the Nandi Hills UasinGishu, Transnzoia, Nakuru and parts of Narok in Rift Valley who speak the Nandi language. They are a sub – group of the Kalenjin people they are first of Kalenjin community. Its population is approximated to be 260,000 people. Before British colonization they were sedentary cattle-herders (cattle, goats, sheep, poultry keeping), sometimes also practicing agriculture cultivation of crops such as millet, sorghum, cassava, beans, banana, vegetables, passion fruits. Their settlement was more or less distributed rather than being grouped into villages. Traditionally, Nandi houses were round, walls were constructed of bent saplingsenclosed to higher post are covered with a mixture of mud and cow dung, roofs were thatched with local grasses. Their clothing consisted of either domesticated or wild animals. Earrings were common for both sexes in the past, including heavy brass coils that made the earlobe stretch down almost to the shoulder. The also practiced circumcision of both sexes. Boy’s circumcision festivals took place about every seven and a half years and boys circumcised at the same age like other Nilotic groups these age set (called Ibinda or Ibinweek) were given names from a limited fixed cycle. Each age set is further subdivided into a subset (Siritietor Siritaik) about four years after this festival the previous generation officially handed defenses of the newly circumcised youths. Girl’s circumcision excising the clitoris took place in preparation for marriage. Lunch and dinner are the main meals of the day. Breakfast usually consists of tea (milk) and left overs from the previous nights meal. Launch time they took ugali served with mursik, vegetables or meat, likewise with dinner they only alternated milk and meat since it was a taboo to take them at once. Most lunch and dinner were eaten late due to day...