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…
Af. brown parrots; a noisy group of birds with unmistakable call as they move around the tree tops in Siaya. Beautifull yet easily ignored as its one amoungst the abundant birdlife in the region moving accross farmlands or forests.
This ‘af brown parrot’ is a more rare parrot species inhabiting the western side of Kenya that closely resembles the ‘brown headed’ species thats much more widespread in Kenya. so much so that a quick google search will more likely turn up info on’brown headed parrots’. Making it a reason why its worth making a visit to this region to search for it.
We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.
A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.
Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…
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.
Quietly, but steadily rising is Bondo ‘city’. A well thought out and done/paved road network makes access in and out of this centre simply a pleasure to access.
Businesses have taken cue and are steadily putting in modern infrastructure like office space and hotels with nearby institutions churning out technically skilled workforce.
Just an hour from Kisumu International Airport it creates space for those looking for a serene environment to work & live in with a slowed down pace but with plenty of opportunity a Big possibility.
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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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