Abagusii Customs XIII: Enyangi Ye Ebitinge (Abagusii Customary Marriage)

Na PETRONILLAH OGOTI. Mwamogusii.com Proverbs, Culture And Customs Editor. Egetamo (March) 23, 2011.

 

 

 

Abagusii Customs: Traditional Regalia (Ebibekerero Ao Ao Bie Ekegusii).

Abagusii Culture And Customs: Enyangi Ya Iburu (Circumcision) Ase Ebimura

Omongina Paulina Bosibori Nyandusi

 

 

Nyandusi

 

Nigo anywometwe ase enyangi ye Ekegusii na kobekerwa ebitinge. Tari igo rioka. Nigo abegete ebitinge mbaka ekero abatisetwe ase the SDA Church aaria Nyanchwa. Omongina Paulina Bosibori Nyandusi.  

Nyuma yo okorusia ebitinge ebio, nigo omongina Bosibori aboretie omwanchwa oye, omogaka Musa Nyandusi erinde bonsi bagancherana. Marehemu omongina Paulina Bosibori Nyandusi. Omongina o Gusii onywometwe goetera ase enyangi y' ebitinge in modern times.

Ntotagete obochege!

Enywomo nigo yasikire na abakoro. Ase chingaki chia kare enyangi ye ebitinge nigo yagakorirwe ekero gio okonywomana. Ritangani, esigani nigo yare gotomwa gochia sobo enyaroka yaira eng'ana egoteba buna imbatagete kobanywomera (ntotagete obochege!).

Togende ase ekerorano

Korwa aiga rituko rie ekerorano nigo riare kobekwa. Yaani ekerorano ninki? Nabo oraborie. Ase ekerorano nario omosubati no omomura bare kororana ritangani. Omomura na abasani baye nigo bare gochikwa gochicha sobo omosubati erinde barorane no omoiseke. 

Omosubati onye tatageti momura oyo, nigo are kwabusa risiko riabo baroo. Ase ki? Erinde bamanye inga ere tatageti gose tancheti momura oyio. Yaani eyio nigo yarenge enchera yo okobaseria in a polite way. Egere kobaseri aba. 

Korende onye bwanchire, tare kwabusa. Ekeriboko ekero kiaariganigwe, ogotera nigo kware goterwa abanto batwara omogoko. Bono korwa aaiga chiombe chio okonywoma omoiseke oyo, nigo chiare gokwanerwa.

Abamura abangaini nigo bare koba na riso rimo ase omoiseke!

Ritangani, embori amo n' eeri y' egesicho amo ne chiombe nigo chiare korwegwa. Abanyene omosubati amo no omomura nigo bare koigwana. Ekero kio ogoakana chiombe, esira ngotigara yare. Korwa abwo, abamura bono nigo bare gochikwa bagenda sobo omoiseke. Abwo sobo omoiseke, nigo barenge gotenga bwakia, korende bare na riso rimo ase omoiseke !

Nigo bare korenda erinde omoiseke oyio tatama gochia bongina rome. Omoiseke oyio aise gocha gotama na kobasireria, nigo bare goakwa a fine ye embori eyemo. Abamura batamanyeti gasi. Oigwe bono. Ko bakorire gotenga ase rimaambia, nigo bare kogenda no omoiseke oyio korwa aiga mpaka sobo omomura.

Ebinto mbuya bire. Taraire mosisi!

Korende bado. Mangana taraera. Amatuko atato kaerire, obokima n' embori nigo bware koirwa ase omosubati oyo osogete egere bamanyigwe gose mbaigwananete no omogaka oyo oye, gose nigo ararete mosisi !

Bakonyora ng'a amangana mbuya are (yaani omomura no omoiseke mbakorete egasi buya), na bonsi mbaisanegete, omoiseke oteba atimigwe ebitinge. Manya ng'a omoiseke arenge gokana inga binto tibiarenge buya, hakuna ebitinge!

Bono korwa abwo, enyangi yaariganigwa ekorwe, n' omosubati oirana sobo. Abamura n' abasubati baba tayare na amakano. Omonyakiore n' esumati amo n' omoimari n' abamura nao bare koba aaiga. Bado maneno si rahisi hivyo. Enyameni nigo yare kobekwa.

Oyo okobua ase enyameni eye nere ore koegwa ritana rie engombe. Ekondo nero yarenge aroro, eyio omoimari are gotanganigwa no omonyakeore. korwa ensemo ya abamura nigo tware gotwara, omonyakeore ore gotangana motwe, omongwasi, nere omonywomi nakorwa ase omosubati no omoimari, omoriakari, agasagane ko obosi ne enyaroka ya amaguta.

Emanwa ye embori nigo yare komosinyorera amagoro!

Nyangi chia kare nchiare koumerana nchera. Mbobe pi ase Abagusii. Omokundekane bono nere ore gotimi ebitinge. Omoriakari nigo are korambora amagoro, emanu ye embori yamoetanana round and round yamanya komosinyorera amagoro !

Bamanya konyenya akamanwa aka kwamanya kobekerwa ebitinge. Oko nakwo ogotimigwa egetinge. Enyangi yamanya gotererwa gochia sobo omomura. Eye nero enyangi ye ebitinge .

 

 

 


Mwanyagetinge Voices And Stories About The Lives And Times Of Our Elders: Omogaka Patrice Nyariki Mosorori, 1913-2018. Bokimwange Village, Kenyenya sub-county, Bomachoge Borabu Constituency, Kisii County

  

 Our Mwanyagetinge Elders, Our Inestimable Treasure: Rigwata [ April ] 23, 2018. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Omogaka nyariki

At A Glance:

Name: PATRICE NYARIKI MOSORORI

Date Of Birth: 1913

Circumcision: 1934

Age: 103 Years

Home: Bokimwange Village

Marriage: 1950 To Omong'ina Osebe Mosorori

Number Of Children: 10 [4 Boys and 6 Girls].

Number Of Grandchildren: 125 

 

 

Even though we hand a chance to sit down under the knee of Omogaka Patrice Mosorori for some words of wisdom, we were not able to publish the interview before he passed on. Omogaka Patrice Nyariki Mosorori passed on last week after a short illness. His body is in state at Hema Hospital and the burial ceremony is scheduled for this coming Friday at his home in  Bokimwange Village, Bomachoge Borabu, Kisii County.

Ntwe nigo togoakera Omonene Tata oito Nyasae buna mbuya mono ase ribaga atoete, gotwara enkwana n' omogaka ominto omonene, konyora atarasira. Engora enene gochia ase enka, abasani, amo n' abaamate b' omogaka Mosorori. Kera egento ase Omonene Nyasae. 

Omwana O Bokimwange

Omogaka Mosorori was born in early 1913 at Bokimwange village, Kenyenya sub-county, Bomachoge Borabu  constituency, Kisii County. He was the first born in his family of 4 boys and 4 girls. He was then circumcised in the year 1934 and later got married at the year 1950 to Omongina Osebe Nyariki Mosorori. He was blessed with 10 children’s [4 boys and 6 girls] but in the process he has lost 4 children [including 2 girls and boys]. He was married with two wives but later, one of them passed away.  

We Were Always Vigilant

Omogaka Mosorori told us that life has been struggle for the fittest for him since his youth. He told us that he was brought up in a place where fighting was a daily routine for the Abagusii in the region. They were fighters from the Abagusii community who were having tribal feuds with our neighbors in Maasailand. He said that "We always waged with the Moran’s for having stolen our cows or grazing land"

 

Omogaka Patrice Nyariki Mosorori, 1913-2018. Mwanyagetinge.com/2018 

Omogaka Mosorori

 

He told us that that every week there was war between Abagusii and Maasai in the region. Because of constant wars, we got used to everyone being ever vigilant and careful not to be killed. During these frequent fights, he told us that the people who suffered the most were the young kids and women. This is because the kids were left fatherless and the women were left without husbands. 

Omogaka Mosorori told us that the old days were good because people did not steal from one another like today. He told us that the Gusii highlands have now been rendered useless by thieves who steal from farms and gardens. People cannot farm on their land and wait for the produce from their own farm. Instead they will start to steal from other neighbors whose plants have a good harvest.  

 

The Nyamakongiro, Oranganga And Ebichache Droughts

He told us that long ago, there was a great drought in Gusiiland. This  calamity killed everything around it. Many plants, animals and people died. "In the early 1912 there came a drought and famine that was named Nyamakongiro. At this period there was nothing for food except rikongiro" Omogaka Mosorori told usHe said that "In 1930, there came Oarangaga!!"

Mzee Mosorori told us that Oaranganga was form of locusts who were premature in nature and were later named  Bwonyonte, because they ate everything in sight. Then in late 1931 there came another famine also caused by locusts, and they called them Ebichache. They managed to survive this harsh life by killing the locusts, and storing them to eat as food!!

 

Enyamokirimbi And Obosisa: Those Were Bad

Omogaka Mosorori told us that in addition to famine, diseases attacked Abagusii as well.  He said that the most common diseases that affected Omogusii were Enyamokirimbi, Etutu Mache and Obosisa. He told us that some of the diseases were treated using traditional herbs or other herbs obtained from Masailand.  

 

Ekerundu Was A Gusii Plant Of Strength

Mzee Mosorori told us that one of the traditional healing plants for Omogusii was the Ekerundu shrub. He said that young boys who were to be circumcised were not to be given any drugs for pains!! Only Ekerundu was given to them to strengthen them as the plant is regarded by Abagusii as a sign of hope, courage and strength.

 

Omong'ina Osebe Mosorori. Mwanyagetinge.com/2018

Omongina osebe nyariki

We asked Omogaka Mosorori if he had any words of encouragement to our community and young people. He told us to "Be strong in anything you do"  We agree.

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