November 6, 2008
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The basis of of these illustrations are the origin of the Gikuyu focusing on the story of Gikuyu and Mumbi and their nine daughters.
Ngai calls Gikuyu showing him all lands at base of Mount Kenya telling him the lands will be the home of Gikuyu and his children forever
Gikuyu is sent to a grove of fig trees where he finds Ngai has provided him with a beautiful wife. Gikuyu names her Mumbi.
Gikuyu and Mumbi live happily together and have nine daughters. Gikuyu is disturbed at having no male heir
Ngai commands Gikuyu to make a sacrifice at fig tree and return the following day
Gikuyu returns to fig tree and finds nine young men awaiting him.Gikuyu gives consent to young men to marry his daughters only if they agree to live under a matriarchal system
After the death of Gikuyu and Mumbi came the formation of the nine principal clans of the Gikuyu each named after the nine daughters. When all clans united under one strong bond of kinship they were known as ” Rorere Rwa Mbari Ya Mumbi”- Children or People of Mumbi or Mumbi’s Tribe.