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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ngai Supreme God of the Gikuyu of Kenya

Origin of Kenya's Gikuyu Tribe


Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and sacrifices. The common name used when addressing “the possessor of all” is Ngai. Numbering about 6 million Gikuyu people are the largest ethnic group in Kenya.

The common name used when addressing “the possessor of all” is Ngai. While praying the Gikuya people address Ngai as Mwene-nyaga. The Gikuyu name for Mount Kenya is also Mwene-nyaga. The Gikuyu God and possessor of all is Mwene-nyaga meaning owner of the snow, possessor of brightness or possessor of the white patch. Mwene-nyaga, lives on Mount Kenya, is also known as Kere-Nyaga. The Gikuyu pray under large sacred trees such as fig trees and this is where Mwene-nyaga is praised and prayers and sacrifices are offered.


Origin of the Gikuyu tribe



Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and scarifies.
Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a
place for prayers and scarifies.
Mogai, the divider of the universe called a man named Gikuyu to him and took him to the top of Kere-Nyaga (Mount Kenya). Mogai pointed out the lush lands and informed the Gikuyu man all is his, if he is ever in need, raise his hands toward Kere-Nyaga and pray.

Mogai provided a wife to Gikuyu named Moombi and they created nine beautiful daughters. However, Gikuyu wanted a son to carry on his name. Mogai told Gikuyu not to worry and make sacrifices to the mountain Kere-Nyaga where the God Ngai lives but he must do this while standing under a fig tree. Mogai told Gikuyu if he did as told he would be blessed with nine handsome strong young men to marry his beautiful nine daughters.

Gikuyu did as he was told making sacrifices to Kere-Nyaga. When he returned to the fig tree in the morning, he found nine young men waiting patiently under the fig tree. The men married Gikuyu’s daughters and continued to live on the land for generations still praying and giving thanks to the mountain Kere-Nyaga where the God Ngai dwells. 

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