Gikuyu Architecture

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Gikuyu Architecture

  1. 1. Aspects of Gikuyu Traditional Architecture.<br />By Mukuyu<br />Nov 2008<br />
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  3. 3. Bantu migration in East & Central Africa<br />
  4. 4. Tribes Map of Kenya<br />Gikuyu Tribe<br />
  5. 5. Mt Kenya<br />17,040 ft<br />Enkare-Nyrobi<br />Gikuyu Land circa 1800 ce.<br />
  6. 6. Mt. Kenya<br />
  7. 7. Possessor of Whiteness<br />MweneNyaga<br />
  8. 8. Nyaga with its own White Patch <br />
  9. 9. Nyaga<br />
  10. 10. Ngai<br />MweneNyaganaGikuyu<br />Possessor of“All Whiteness”<br />With 1st Man, Gikuyu<br />
  11. 11. Origin Myths<br />Adam and Eve<br />
  12. 12. Norse Mythology<br />World Tree<br />Yggdrasil<br />
  13. 13. Gikuyu Mythology<br />“Mugumo”<br />Fig Tree as<br />World Tree<br />
  14. 14. Sacred Mugumo<br />
  15. 15. Tree of Life: Maya<br />
  16. 16. World Tree: Link between Heaven and earth<br />
  17. 17. The Original Tree linking Heaven and earth, God and man<br />
  18. 18. World Tree, “Mukuyu”<br />A Celebration by Gikuyu youth<br />
  19. 19. Celebrating “Origin”<br />The Navel of the World<br />
  20. 20. Similar Celebration of Life:<br />The Reed Dance, Swaziland<br />
  21. 21. Celebration of Life: Maasai, Kenya<br />
  22. 22. The Original Celebratory Dance of life<br />
  23. 23. Origin: <br />Celebration in pen and ink.<br />
  24. 24. Origin as “Nine Full” Gikuyu clans<br />
  25. 25. Modern representation:<br />The Nyayo Monument, Nairobi<br />
  26. 26. Kiondo: Basket<br />
  27. 27. Kiondo: Basket<br />Representation of<br />“The spiral of life”<br />
  28. 28. Hearth as Centre<br />Floor Plan of Woman’s hut according to Fred K. Kago<br />
  29. 29. Various items found in the home<br />
  30. 30. Mutumiae gwake<br />Woman at home<br />
  31. 31. Atumia<br />Women<br />
  32. 32. Anake: Young men<br />
  33. 33. Athuri: Old men<br />
  34. 34. Muiritunagatiti: <br />Modern Girl with Basket (South African)<br />
  35. 35. KahiinaMaithoitho<br />Boy with glasses<br />
  36. 36. Kiheti<br />An old woman<br />
  37. 37. Micii : An Artist’s impression of a Traditional Home scene<br />
  38. 38. Mucii: Same Artist’s<br />“Home scene”<br />
  39. 39. Mucii: Gikuyu Homestead<br />
  40. 40. Homestead: African<br />
  41. 41. The End<br />For more see<br />http://mukuyu.wordpress.com<br />

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