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Well, I live about 60km from near Kilimanjaro. I am working here for the United Nations as a lawyer. I live with my family my wife and two sons aged 15 and 10. I went up Kili on 5 August 2006 . I was 49 years then. my experience of that climb was phenomenon. It was a great spiritual journey that took me to Uhuru peak 5895 meters. when i got there i identified a cave; a little temple with a face of ice. like a transparent vail or window marking a special place. I went in and prayed for the mountain and its receeding snow line. I prayed for about an hour for my family my Agikuyu people and for wisdom. my life changed. I felt that God had given me audience in person ,like my people believe he is present there at that cave. so it was great. My son Ngash climbed last year and i was very proud of his achievement that was in October 2009. My wife was over the moon about it.
I have a good friend of mine who practices traditional medicine in kenya. He uses indeginous plants to heal various illments such as diabeties anthrities and other problems. His name is Jack Githae. This chap is a special sort. He is about 64 years old Gikuyu mystic and medicine man.He uses medicinal plants and computers at the same time. he also seats on the UNWHO African traditional healers forum. So when i saw your list I thought about Jack....that you have the same interests i was intrigued. do you hope to practice indeginous "green medicine''?
I belong to the Agikuyu people. I am intrigued about our origins.There are certain things that i feel and have heard that make me want to know more. For instance we never had a King or Chief since the time of Maina. The iron age is also well know in the stories. That is why i am interested in ancient history. I am currently reading a book entitled "Kenya's Ethnic Communities" ISBN 9966-9757-0-5 by Wanguhu Ng'anga.. a kenyan scholar unfortunately it is not on the book list. Most of the books I am reading are on this topic but are not on the list.
The first line : "This collosal work describes the histories and characteristics of kenya's ethnic communities". So my interest is in ethnogenesis. As such, i acknowledge that the history of Africa has long ceased to begin with the arrival of Arabs and Europeans in Africa as formaly portrayed in the history carricular of schools and colleges in Kenya and elsewhere under colonialism.To this day the early history of Africa has been ignored in main stream thought. The book under review deals with the fourty four ethnic communities in Kenya and their origins and has incooporated scientific approach to ethnogenesis. one of the most interesting revelations that i have come across about my people is that they are clasified as Bantu -speaking groups of related liguistic clusters. they have within that cluster an active(probably now threatened ) oral tradition and relationships that cut across the ethinities and which bring out many interesting points of covergence such as common ancestry . This cluster comprises of Abaluhia,Abagusii ,Abakuria abalogoli ,Ababukusu, Agikuyu(Kikuyu) Amiiru, Akamba, Baganda, and Basoga.
According to well known legends among the Abalagoli, Abaluhia and Abagusii their history begins in Misiri (Egypt). Misiiri is the ancient African name of name for Egypt. That is very interesting. Now that is the the origin of my facination. When did they come down to lake Turkana and why? did they abandone their civilization as we knew it? who were the people of the Pyramids? why did they run away from that civilization? Research has now traced their route along the nile river (phithon?) to Uganda and around lake Albert and subsequently to Mount Elgon,Mt. kenya, and Kilimanjaro. My Agikuyu people tell of their ancestry at Baci or Ethiopia...but our cousin the Gusii and many Luhia clans with whom I have common ancestry recount "...of or reminiscences of the River Nile and their encounter with "light skined folk "( Assyrians) One hears of "these things happened since Kuru"and they altered their way of life and they move south.The list of clans who claim to have come from Meroe between 3000 years (Egypt) is very long. notably,the Meroitic Pharaoh Piankhi ruled over the upper and lower egypt c751BC and c 683 BC he was burried in a pyramid at Kurru.The claim to have come from a place called Serra,Kurru , Soba , Dongola in Meroe . Interestingly, we have similar names in kenya like (miirow(phonetic)(Meru) these places existed and were know before the birth of Christ. It appears reasonable to accept the Misiri legend as being grounded in ancient history.This is my passion in ancient African story. i amy also have to refer to Assyrian history to see what they say about Taharqa and the 30th Egyptian dynasty at about 663 BC it is at this period that the Bantu's were pushed out of Egypt by the Assyrians.
What is very facinating is that the Egyptian civilization which may have been the most important civilization during its time (super power) is never considered a black civilization!! The revelation that my ancestors may have had something to do with it and then disinherited from it is very intriguing subject.
Next i am reading about the ethnogenesis of the Maa people (Masai) with whom the Agikuyu have a very interesting relationship. this relationship still exists.
well have a good reading and hope to hear from you again
indeed i was refering to "Trailblazer'.
I am Kenyan living in Arusha Tanzania. I am very Interested in the Kenya History especially 1893-1963, and also early history of Africa before current erra.
I have an interesting book that i am currntly ready authord By Wnguhu Ng'ang'a "the Ethnic Communities of Kenya" ( this book is not on the Shelfari list) that sheds some light on the ancient history of Kenya. Should you find any books on this topic please let me know.
what is you interest on medicinal plants?
These are most of the books that I get to choose from. We are doing a thing about censorship and when we believe it should or shouldn't be used and why. And so for this assignment we have to ready a book that was either banned or was challenged.
1. Beloved, Toni Morrison
2. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
3. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
4.The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
5. Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean Auel
6.The Color Purple, Alice Walker
7. A farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
8.Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
9.The Giver, Lois Lowry
10. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
11.The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
12. The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood
13.I know why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
14. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
15. Native Son, Richard Wright
16.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
17.The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
18. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
19.Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe