Kalenjin Elders Perform First Cultural Custom in History at a Sacred Hill

Kalenjin elders have converged to perform the first-ever Kalenjin cultural sacrilege in history.

The ceremony which was held on Thursday, October 22, at a secluded Sergoit hill, in Moiben sub-county, Uasin Gishu county, brought together Elders from all the ten sub-tribes of Kalenjin community.

The elders were drawn from the Tugen, Kipsigis, Marakwet, Keiyo, Nandi, Ogiek, Sengwer, Terik, Sabaot, and Pokot sub-tribes, who converged at the holy shrine to pray to their God (Chepopkoyo) for the prosperity of the community.

The ceremony consisted of the first construction of an alter before slaughtering of a selected bull and a ram, shedding of blood around the area (Kapkorosuut) as one way of appeasing their gods.

Elders comprising of men and women then took turns in rebuking every bad omen which would come between them and asked God to bless their entire land including leaders and other generations.

“Iman ole iman…..,Iman…….Berur ole berur…..Berur….,Kim ole Kim…….Kim………”, Soloist elder chanted in coded language, spatting milk of blessings as others followed in under tunes while facing Jerusalem, Israeli capital.

The rare ritual is one of its kind since it is only conducted amongst three communities in the world, which are Israelites, Kalenjins, and Arabs, who are believed to have a common origin, being descendants of Issac, son of Abraham, dating back to the biblical era.

According to Baringo Capital News, Israelites have already done theirs, followed by Kalenjins and Arabs are yet to follow suit, where the chapter will be completely closed.

According to Pst. Peter Chemaswet, one of the event organizers from Mt. Elgon, the Kalenjin land has since the colonial time, witnessed violence and bloodshed, which has brought a curse to the land.

“It is time we release blessings to our land,” he stated, adding that, “From now on, our land is going to experience an abundance of food, rain, and pasture in the coming years.”

“There was no better and appropriate place to do the ritual than in Sergoit,” asserted Colonel Kwonyike.

Sergoit hill, which is thought to be the Kalenjin epithet for ‘good luck ahead,’ is a treasured site and a shrine of communities living around it in both Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, and especially the ‘Keiyo and Marakwet’ sub-communities of Kalenjin.

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