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Luyia Nation Luyia Nation: Origins, Clans and Taboos is an anthropological account of the misunderstood Luyia people, a phalanx of some 18 closely related Bantu dialects with a royal heritage.  Readers travel through the migratory history of the Luyia from Egypt, the land of their primeval ancestors to settlement in East Africa.  The book debunks the myth that all Luyia are Bantu. The author found out that up to 30 percent of Luyia tribesmen were assimilated from three Nilotic tribes, the Luo, Kalenjin and Maasai.  The overall theme is to educate readers and especially the youth about their rich heritage and preserve the cultural resources of the Luyia Nation.  Through the acts, achievements and misdeeds of their ancestors, the Luyia inherited a nation beset with ethnocultural challenges like witchcraft which the present and future generations must address to ensure continuity, relevance and development of the nation state. “As we adapt to modern society we can only stand out if we dig deep into our past to find invaluable lessons that can inform our present and shape our future,” said Mr Shadrack Bulimo, the author. 

Everything about Luyia Culture in One Book
Luyia Culture
Luyia of Kenya: A Cultural Profile is a holistic emic view of the customary beliefs of the Luyia people of East Africa.  Written by Shadrack Amakoye Bulimo, an experienced journalist who previously worked for the Nation and Standard newspapers in Kenya, the 660-page book provides a defrosted window into Luyia cosmology separating fact from fiction.  The book is a cradle-to-grave account of how the Luyia live and die, love and hate, and undertake the rituals of initiations and practice witchcraft. The author tackles the taboo subject of witchcraft and how widespread belief in the occult even among the educated and Christians is still a major hindrance to economic empowerment in Luyialand. The author provides an elaborate analysis of rites of passage - child birth, marriage, circumcision, and death - and how these institutions are governed by customary traditions. These institutions served the clan community well in the pre-European days but are now under siege from modern global economy. This book is an attempt at preserving the Luyia culture for future generations. “I was challenged by my children who made inquiries about their cultural heritage and realized how little I knew then,” explains Bulimo.  “I embarked on a learning journey and a discovery of a body of knowledge which this book encapsulates.”

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