Legendary Story About Mount Kenya.

Legendary Story About Mount Kenya.


The Story behind Mount Kenya with the Kikuyu people (Tribe) who surround and live within the parameters of the Mountain


Gĩkũyũ (also called Kikuyu ) or Agikuyu ~ Kikuyu people

Batian and Nelion in the background cropped. Several ethnic groups that live around Mount Kenya believe the mountain is sacred. They used to build their houses facing the mountain, with the doors on the side nearest to it.

The Gĩkũyũ people live on the southern and western sides of the mountain. They are agriculturalists and make use of the highly fertile volcanic soil on the lower slopes.  The Gĩkũyũ people believe that God, ''Ngai'' or ''Mwene Nyaga'', lived on Mount Kenya when he came down from the sky.

They believe that the mountain is Ngai's throne on earth. It is the place where Gĩkũyũ, the father of the tribe, used to meet with God. Thus according to the Kikuyu records, Gĩkũyũ is the first person on Earth to ascend the mountain. 'Mwene Nyaga' in Gikuyu language can also translate as the "Owner of Snow" where 'Mwene' translates to 'owner', and 'Nyaga' to snow.'Nyaga' can also translate to 'Ostrich'.

Kikuyus used to build their houses with the doors facing the mountain.  The Gĩkũyũ name for Mount Kenya is ''Kĩrĩ Nyaga'' (Kirinyaga), which literally translates to 'God's Resting Place' or 'Where God Lives' in this case referring to Mwene Nyaga.


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