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BITS OF CULTURE - Kenya
 
Languages
Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
Swahili

Other languages:
English
40 local ethnic languages

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Cultural Values
  • Kenyans love to party, and the music style known as benga is the contemporary dance music that rules.
  • Most Kenyans place great importance on the family and the traditional values and responsibilities associated with it.
  • Kenyan families tend to be large, and households often include many members of the extended family.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Protestant .
  • In many areas it is a custom to bury food, weapons, and stools, tobacco, clothing, and formerly one's wife or wives, so that these may 'accompany' the departed into the next world.
  • The common cause is believed to be magic, sorcery and witchcraft. The curse is something greatly feared in many societies, and a powerful curse is believed to bring death to the person concerned.
  • God is also considered a cause of death, especially for those, which there is no satisfactory explanation, e.g. death caused by lightning.

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Health Care Values
  • Medicine-men are concerned with sickness, disease and misfortune, normally through the agency of witchcraft and magic.
  • His medicines are made from plants, herbs, powders, bones, seeds, roots, juices, leaves, liquids, minerals, charcoal and the like; and in dealing with a patient, he may apply massages, needles or thorns, and he may bleed the patient; he may jump over the patient, he may use incantations and ventriloquism, and he may ask the patient to perform various things like sacrificing a chicken or goat, observing some taboos or avoiding certain foods and persons, all these are in addition to giving the patient physical medicines.
  • In the traditional society, disease and misfortune are religious experiences, and it requires a religious approach to deal with them.

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Diet
  • Staple foods include; Ugali, rice, bread, chapati (fried paste of wheat powder) Beef, chicken, goat, Tilapia (a freshwater fish) and other vegetables .

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Interesting Facts
  • Kenya is called the 'cradle of humanity' because of archaeological finds in the Rift Valley.
  • There are more than 70 tribal groups among the Africans in Kenya.
  • Kenya’s most popular sport is soccer, and Kenyan runners have gained worldwide renown.

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