Kenya among traditions, curiosities and legend

Food in the daily life of Kenya

Maize (or corn) is the basic food of Kenyans and represents the basis of many traditional dishes. Prepared as a porridge called posho, is often mixed with past of beans, potatoes and vegetables, to make a dish called Irio.  The dish between the most popular of Kenya is certainly the UGALI, white corn cooked with salt, sugar or other spices. It is often served in a dome-shaped little conical obtained by molding, using an upturned bowl before being served usually in large quantities. It is eaten with vegetables and / or vegetables and stewed meat of all kinds. The UGALI is used to absorb the sauce and collect the meat and vegetables, the typical technique for eating naturists around is in the grasp a certain amount as the size of a fist, finger more and more times in the palm of the hand and causing it to roll up into a small ball flat with your fingers, then it is used to collect the tasty sauces in the dish. The porridge of banana, called matoke, is another common plate where the bananas are peeled, wrapped in leaves of the tree and put to boil for a couple of hours in a pot. The meat is expensive and is rarely eaten. The shepherds depended greatly on the milk and milk derivatives that represents their main food, while the fish is popular on the coast and around the lake Victoria. Mombasa is known for its indian food brought by the many immigrants from India, including curry, samosas (traditional appetizer of Indian cuisine and stuffed with vegetables) and chapatis (typical bread of Indian cooking).

Traditional Kenya's wedding

Polygamy is traditional in Kenya, and in the past it was not unusual for men have five or six wives. The practice is less and less to the present day d' today following the spread of Christianity brought by the missionaries in addition to being increasingly impractical for men afford more wives and children. When a man chooses a potential wife, is still a price negotiation of the bride (in cash or in livestock) with the father of the woman. The price is generally higher for a first wife with respect to the subsequent ones. Tradition has it that the wedding ceremony and the subsequent feast are to be celebrated in the house of her husband.
Always in the tradition of polygamy, the man builds a shelter for himself and many booths, one for each of his wives, where he will live with his children. In a family where there is only one wife, parents often coexist with the boys and girls more young people, while the older kids have their smaller houses nearby. It is common for several generations, live together under the same roof. According to tradition, the responsibility of the care of his elderly parents it is for the younger son. Among the Masai, the houses were divided into four sections: a section for women, a section for children, a section for the husband, and a section for cooking and eating.

Traditional Kenya's dances

The traditional dances of Kenya are among the most diverse and popular in Africa. The popular music varies and depends on the ethnic group that is so abundant this country. The culture, language, dance, and music of each tribe are different from one another and all of this contributes to create a great variety. The drum is the musical instrument most popular used in many dances performed throughout the country. Other instruments used are the bells, horns, guitars, flutes and whistles.
The music and the dance of which and rich culture of Kenya, can be classified into folk, traditional and international. Isiku and the traditional dance of the Luhya people in western Kenya, men and women sway together to the beat of the drums, bells, whistles and horns.
The Masai have structured dances which are performed on several occasions. For example, the Masai Jumping dance that is also called "Adamu" in Masai language is a dance performed by Masai warriors. They show their strength and endurance by jumping in the air one after the other, like the rest of the warriors standing in a circle while they sing. The Masai does not use musical instruments in the performance of their popular songs, while women wearing bells and rattles that create sounds by moving" while they sing. Both the Kamba people Chuka are famed for their acrobatic style of dance in which rhythms are scanned by players that use of drums long narrow between the thighs. Taarab is a traditional dance of Mombasa which is a mix between African music and Arabic. Men and women dance in a rhythmic manner singing poems in swahili. The Taarab is still popular in the coastal region.
The traditional dances have recently and inevitably suffered as a result of the influence of the west and the influx of many foreigners. The guitar has become one of the most popular tools. Many modern forms of Kenyan music evolved as reggae, hip-hop, jazz, rap, afro-fusion and the congolese pop. All of these modern forms of music have become popular in the young people of Kenya especially in urban cities. The spread of Christianity in Kenya has also given life to another form of dance music called gospel, which is very practiced in all the churches in the country.

Social stratification (hints)

Of the 40 entine that compose the Kenyan population, the Kikuyu occupy the higher status, immediately followed by Luo. The members of these two groups possess most of the most senior members of government, businesses, and education. Many Luo are fishermen, builders of boats and captains of marina, between those who have moved into the city we find mechanics and artisans. Other ethnic groups with social profile less, as the Samburu, working in areas such as forest guards and guides in safari and in the tourism sector. Along the coast, the majority of traders and shopkeepers are of Indian origin or Arabic. In agricultural communities, the work is divided between people of all ages; children begin contributing at a very young age, and the elderly continue to work for longer periods until they are physically able to do so.
Among the pastors, as the Masai, the wealth is measured in the number of heads of cattle that possess and between them have many children, and also a sign of wealth. In urban areas, many people are wearing clothes in western style even if it is not necessarily index of high status. Many women are wearing a colorful kanga, a large piece of fabric that can be wrapped around the body as a skirt or shawl, also the scarves are very common. Some ethnic groups, such as the Kikuyu and Luo, have they have adapted to the western culture more easily than others, which prefer to keep their different life styles, clothing and ornaments. The women of the nomadic tribes of the north, for example, wearing the Gorfas, a sheep-skin or goat hue of color red or black which surrounds the whole body, held in place with a cord of leather and a belt of rope.


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