A shrine hill of the ‘legio Maria’ religious sect in western Kenya.
A sect with millions of followers in Eastern Africa, said to have started in early 20th century as an off shoot from the roman catholic mixed with local beliefs.
“One factor that led to the rise and development of Legio Maria was the mythical stories about a woman called Min Omolo Ka-Nyunja. The Luos have two stories, the Simbi Nyaima Narrative (a crater lake in Karachuonyo of Homabay County believed to have been caused by a mysterious wandering woman) and the Nyamgondho Kombare Narrative (story of a woman fished out from the lake) which converge with the Legio Maria narrative of Min Omolo Ka-Nyunja (the story of Mama Maria who was a wandering woman across the Luo nation). Former Catholics who converted to Legio Maria, such as Petro Oswago, Juma Pesa, and Atila Timotheo, recounted how this woman visited them in Catholic and called them out to join the new Legio Maria movement. When this old woman, around 90 years of age, finally met with Simeo Ondeto and called him her spiritual son, the spiritual link between Ondeto, this woman, and the mythical stories retold among the Luo coalesced into a powerful force for propelling the formation of a new religious movement”.
A Havard University citation quotes
” the scant scholar-ship on Legio Maria does more to demonstrate the prejudices of
Western theological and secular thinking than to understand the move-
ment on its own terms. This article argues that Legio Maria’s particular
ways of worshiping, believing and remembering the past make it a truly
– This makes it an very interesting unique experience for Outsiders seeking an unusual African experience. In fact should one want to experience an authentic African religious ceremony they should Target to attend one of this religion’s ceremonies as part of their lives bucket list.
*All quotes have links within quotes attached to sources of information.
Ever been to yala river, yala township, or waterfalls along the river? Do any fish exist in this river? if they do – what is the largest that has ever been recorded? do locals use this river to generate electricity for the region.
what bio diversity exists along the river!? with ALL the learned friends that come from this region how come we’ve never heard of a local innovation making use of this resource for those who stay around it!? if any exists how do we learn about it.
what are the local myths associated with this river…
One thing that strikes you are the Rock outcrops atop every hill, and on one of those rocks a telephone mobile company has chosen to ride on Lupita’s dads name to gain mileage within the community.
Lupita Nyon’go is the Oscars Academy awards winning actress of the Hollywood ’12y ears a slave’ film fame. She hails from Kenya in this western region famous for its balancing rocks.
Nearby is Ndere Island.
Ox-bow lakes are normally created when a major river changes its course, cutting-out a major bend of its original path as it straightens out. The ensuing enclosured mass of water at the bend in the form of a ‘bow’ thus is referred to as Ox-bow lake. Lake Kanyaboli is the Largest such lake in Africa.
One of Africa’s hidden gem’s with unique ecosystems.
At times referred to as a satellite lake to lake Victoria, it holds unique fish species known to be extinct to its larger bordering sister lake (lake Victoria – The worlds 2nd largest fresh water lake). Some estimates put it at about 110 unique species like the ‘thickskin‘, ‘blue firefin’ and the ‘fine bar scraper’
It’s wetland mash vegetation are also one of the largest known homes of one of the worlds hardest/rarest & unique antelopes to see the ‘Sitatunga’
The lake is said to have been one of the two Luo royalty bath sites.
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Abdim’s storks are migrants from the Northern Tropic’s arriving around October and departing mid-April.
Moving in flocks sometimes hundreds at a go, visiting grasslands and cultivated areas of Siaya
They Make spectacular nose dives as they descent.
Black and white in color with a purple tint on the black areas. Has a white under belly but difference with ‘black stork’ is black stork has a red bill while abdim’s a grey one.
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No, I’m not talking about West Africa or those on an island in lake Victoria. Palm oil forests exist sorry ‘thrive’ well in Siaya. Birds of prey and girls love their white seeds that taste like coconut – simply, addictive!!!
Small like a nut but very tasty, you’ll just want to keep popping one in the mouth..
The fruit is dark maroon and is used for cooking oil and soaps
When pressed by hand they leave that distinctive
yellow-red oil on your fingers.
Next time you are in Siaya insist on natural palm oil for your cooking or ‘palm oil coconut’ for snacks 😉
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‘Ole Kalenjuok’ hill, the ancestral settled home of the ‘ka len juok’ sect/clan of the Luo Community that are Nilotes having migrated southwards from River Nile.
Len juok meaning ‘bleeding witchcraft’.
Nilotes are mainly pastrolists so don’t be surprised when you find them herding Large herds
of cattle here, unlike what they are commonly associated with in East Africa – fishing!
Above, one of the local guides looks out towards the tip of ‘ole kalenjuok’ hill.
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One thing that strikes you as you travel into and around Siaya County are the numerous rocky ridge tops.