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The crazy and bizarre traditions associated with Kenyans

The moment you realize how many of these bizarre traditions Kenya has, you will realize why Kenya is not only unique, its also full of weird traditions .

Having 42 tribes in Kenya, it also means that cultures between the tribes are different and we will tell you why.

Here are some of the bizarre cultures Kenya has.

1. Communities that kill twins

In the past, some communities would dump twins or triplets in the forest or immediately kill them .

This was because bearing of twins was considered evil and the mother would then be made to attend a cleansing ritual to put out the evil.

In some communities in Kenya still practice this away from the hawk eye whereby they still believe that first born twins or more children for that matter are an omen.

In addition to this, children whoa re also born already having teeth, those  born with their feet first, children born with both the female and male private parts and boys born with one testicle are also  considered as bad omen.

2. Wife Inheritance

This is a tradition that has been there among some communities in Kenya.

Women are usually forced to remarry to the family of the deceased. In many cases it is the brother of the deceased who inherits the widow and provides for her.

This is a tradition that is not common to the rest of the world.

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 3. Sleeping with dead bodies before funeral

Have you ever heard that in the past, customs required widows in the community to sleep in the same room with their dead husbands before burial?

Well, reportedly, this was part of a cleansing ritual to purify such women in readiness for inheritance.

These are some of the old customs that may have been put aside but old habits die hard as you might find some of these habits continue to happen in the rural most remote areas in some of these communities.

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 4. Night running

The nocturnal practice of running around communities is carried out across Kenya’s Western region.

The main purpose of night running or what the night runners do is , run naked and terrify people.

Night runners in Kenya term it as a sport.

5. Death in the forest

In nomadic communities, the sick or aged were not allowed to die in the home.

Instead, they were removed and taken into the forest, hillside or lay abandoned by the river.

A certain belief in a future life is indicated by burial of a calabash of milk beside the corpse and by the fact that the name of the departed is never mentioned lest the spirit should regard it as a call and come back.

This may be a tradition that still continues to happen with these communities.

 

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