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CULTRUAL HISTORY

THE MIJIKENDA

The Mijikenda (or nine tribes) comprise of nine closely related Bantu people who share a common linguistic and cultural heritage. They each lived within individual Kayas with their own tribe along the southern coast when they migrated to Kenya from somewhere north of the country known as Singwaya. The Mijikenda are said to have migrated to what is now modern day Kenya sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries.

The names of the nine tribes are as follows and are in no particular order. However the Digo and the Giriama were and still are the largest of the nine tribes.

1. Digo
2. Giriama
3. Kauma
4. Chonyi
5. Jibana
6. Kambe
7. Ribe
8. Rabai
9. Duruma

Traditional Kayamba dance
Kaya ceremony