MOUNT KENYA WATER TABERNACLE (KIGONGONA GIA KIRINYAGA – JUBILEE CEREMONY)
THE PEOPLE DAILY, Friday, November 9, 2007
The observance of the three days embedded in their belief evolved from two old intertwined rituals. The earlier originated from the periods first time down to the pyramid Age. The latter came by the way of Mosaic Institutions around 1200 BC to circa 121O AD when "Managi" (most important magical object in the Gikuyu Liturgy) was put to rest In Mount Kenya within the vicinity ofKigongona Kia Mai.
From first time up lo the Neolithic period, River Nile played a significant role in the minds of people of Egypt . It should be noted that the farming communities who settled in Egypt around 7000 BC had already realized the inundation of Nile River corresponded with heliacal rising of the star Isis (Sirus). When the waters receded, a fresh deposit of rich dark silt collected from Ethiopian highlands and Central African countries and was deposited, on the soaked earth 'ready for planting. This led the early Egyptians to name (heir land "Kemet" or black as opposed lo the desert, "Deshret" or red. The deposited black silt renewed' the fertility of the land before the planting in autumn.
Such predictable natural phenomenon and the rising and setting of the sun on daily basis, the complete moon cycle consisting of four phases, precession etc. created a sense of order of both land and the sky. This order was central in development of their religion.
Egyptians took Nile and every aspect of nature to manifest gods in anthropomorphic. Occasionally when the Nile failed to rise to the normal levels to support farming, they appeased to hapy - god of the Nile in floods: depicted as a man with pendulous breasts a clump of papyrus (or lotus) on his head and bearing a table laden with offerings. This god like others in Egyptian pantheon who had control over Nile had habitation in Ta - Neteru (Egyptian name for Mount Kenya region). Ta - Neteru was positioned south of Punt the present day Somaliland and the source of sweet smelling frankincense and myrrh that were favoured by gods.
Ta - Neteru was abode of the blessed the paradise on earth where the best of humans were sometimes taken. Ta - Neteru could only be visited by the chosen few from the lineage of Horus. In Ta - Neteru the candidate was put to "death" for three days where in the three days; he received 'Ka' - a cosmic generative force. This force made him god through theogony. It was in order for the Prince Crown to pay homage south to the gods of the waters of Nile in Ta - Neteru after the death of his ruling King father.
Where was the seat of Osiris, whose title was "the president of the lands of the South"? He had voyaged to Egypt at the dawn of first time (Shabaka Stone, Museum of London ). In the period before Gikuyu genesis referred to as "Karing'a Millennium" puts Karing'a people, who the proto - Gikuyu met and assimilated in the area around Mount Kenya and absorbed heliopolitan concept. It was found that Karing'a people and the old Mizraim shared the triad of god i.e. Osiris, Isis and Horus. Their creator personified in the sun and sometimes called "Utheri" or Osiris. In this concept when Osiris became amalgamated with the sun, Isis and her son Horus became prominent In the Nile and Duat affairs hence the stars of Sirus - A and Sirus B. Karing'a sacred triad Utheri, Njathi and Kiahu were enshrined in the peaks of Mount Kenya. Later the builders of pyramids enshrined the triad in sacred triangles of the pyramids with the sides proportional to the numbers 3, 4 and 5 respectively. A similar design was incorporated 2,500 years later in construction of the bronze tank at the entrance of the old Solomon Temple (the priests used the water for ritual washings prior to entering the alter or the temple) the Inner sanctuary or the holy of holies housed the covenant box.
Solomon had constructed the Temple to house the covenant box forever. But he married foreign wives who introduced the worship of foreign gods in the Temple he had dedicated to God of his father David. By design, Queen Makenda of Sheba (in Hebrew Sheba is the feminine for seven hence magical or captivating) arrived at Solomon's Court The result of the visit was a child born of the two, Prince Menelik 1. On reaching 19 years, he went to Sheba after Queen Makenda's death to attend his coronation. His entourage with the consent of Levites, carried the covenant box to Sheba ( Sheba in this context is revealed as Ethiopia ). King David had presentment to the effect that the covenant box shall never remain in Jerusalem (Psalms 68:31)
Finally, after years of temporary location in Ethiopia , the covenant box was put to rest in Axum .
African elders are not in a hurry when it comes to divulging their history. After many years of silence, they are revealing the proto- Gikuyu akin to the present Gikuyu community and who were known as " Kabiru” (Hebrew). They had come from Baci ( Ethiopia ) at a place called Hakum ( Axum ). They had to leave Axum because Tunyaga (the people of the Cross) or Nguo Ndune (the red costume) had conspired to steal Managi and Ikunjo (scrolls). In the escape to hide the treasure, war erupted and was fought through to Thagana ( Tana Island ). From Tana islands the war entered Somalia coast, Kaya Forests down to Kwale. In Digo, a fabricated covenant box was broken into pieces. The original Managi was presumed to have been broken into pieces to down play the interest in the search. The Seers say despite that, the war intensified as it took the direction of the mainland. The Kabiru hurriedly buried Managi and the scrolls in secret locations in Mount Kenya . They recount how the proto-Gikuyu settled down to become the present communities around Mount Kenya . Others remained behind in the area of Coast Province . This war lasted for two generations, it fulfilled the prophesy of King David when he said "The Ethiopians will raise their hands in prayer to God". As a rule, they oriented their doors to face Mount Kenya and in payers they raised their hands up facing Mount Kenya . This reminds one of the book of Exodus Chapter 19 and 20 in the Old Testament.
With the description given, it became clear the early Kabiru were fighting the Templers for the cross and red costume brings to mind the croix patlae, the Templers emblem adapted after the synod to Troyes . Going by the Seers date, the relics should have been buried in circa 1210 AD. From this date the Kabiru settled to guard their treasure and sealed off Mount Kenya region from foreigners, this sheds light why slave trade did not take place in Mont Kenya region.
In the 7th year, the Kabiru destroyed the 9 stones erected in worship of the sun and stars in Mount Kenya . Putting down the covenant box and destroying of the 9 stones was the greatest spiritual hall mark. From then, the Mountain became the earthly dwelling of God- Ngai Murungu, who created heaven and earth. Judaism ( Kirira ) negated the Memphite theology and heliopolitan concept. Traditionally this act is enshrined in the Gikuyu saying "Tutigathwo ringi ni aka" In reference to feminine gods Isis and Hapy.
Seers narrate vividly how managi was laid to rest in the fourth dimension in the vicinity of 'Kigongona Kia Mai' , a water tabernacle renamed by scholars Triple S, TSC shrine. Equally of importance to the fighting Kabiru were Ikunjo (Coptic scroll or primitive Tola)? That were concealed in two different sites renamed 1KB and IKC. The Seers say Triple S. TSC site will never be subject to research but 1KB and IKC could be excavated and sited responsibly and finally rebury the contents as required by the law of silence.
Seers in charge of Mount Kenya wisdom gave admonition lo researchers that prior to excavation of any kind, the writer must meet Ethiopian Seers in Axum and Tana Island . It Is no wonder that the writer was referred to the Seers because traditionally, Mount Kenya Seers hold the relics In trust since Kenya was annexed from the Empire of Abyssinia In the 20th Century.
KIGONGONA KIA MAI
This is a legendary sacred shrine in Mount Kenya that Seers hold in reverence. What constitutes its sacredness is the mode of rituals performed therein.
The appointed elder who carry out the ritual in this shrine, has his right leg tied to a layana. In case of death In the course of the rituals, his 11 Associates pull him off, for where he stands performing the rituals, is forbidden to any other mortal. The Chief Seer pours water on the holy ground to form a triangle. On outer perimeter, he forms a square and finally he ends by encompassing the square in a wider circle. Raising his hands up facing the peak of Batian , he recites solemn verses from their kirira . Besides the water patterns, he makes a sacrificial fire, this fire is made of dry olive splinters. In the fire he puts wet broken pieces and leaves of "mwemba iguru" an aromatic creeping plant. As the aromatic smoke rises up, his companions, a .distance away raise their hands up facing the peak of Batian and recite a call for peace "thaai" in unison after every verse. The Chief Seer levitates and then circumambulates the peak of Batian . Some of his information fits well with the hieroglyphic inscriptions in the Pyramid Text (Unas) 2300BC.
This ritual forms their liturgy. Batian peak is regarded as the communicating point between mankind and God hence the communities' preference of sacerdotalism. It must be noted that there are two routes known to reach the shrine. One comes from the forest upwards that in all recorded visits, our Seers follow. The other route passes through jagged cliff atop the shrine. The latter whose walk seems incredible is known to the Seers as "Mugirito wa Abaci" literally "Ethiopian muscle-flexing path" or for better foreigners' route.
Prior to making the water patterns the Chief Seer makes seven clockwise motions, then the patterns. Finally he makes seven anticlockwise motions, one motion representing one planetary orbit. Has the water patterns been creation of planetary laws or do the patterns explain a long lost knowledge in astronomy? Compare the water patterns with a model in the City of Weil der Staditl designed by Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630) a Dutch astronomer prior to making his major discoveries. The knowledge of these laws made possible the modern conception of the world and space travel.
Different schools of thought have emerged in relation to this shrine. One group suggests it might have been used by Egyptians of the pre-dynastic periods as a celestial observatory pad and at later dates to orient and commission mastabas and later the pyramids in North - South axis hence the high temple of Isis. It should he noted, before the local medicine men are commissioned, they ascend to Mount Kenya to collect pebbles and "ira" whitish substance representing snow. These pebbles and ira are believed to have mystic power to modulate their divining guards. Thus a frequency modulation is created between the Mountain and the guard. This mystic power helps the medicine man's word to create event.
Another group suggests that the shrine might have been marked as a beacon by early Egyptian geographers in the attempt to measure the area of the earth. It is worth noting (that the equator, an imaginary line dividing the world into two spheres, North and South passes through Mount Kenya .
The third suggest that the shrine might have been buried in liturgical treasurers from an old semetic temple. This group has studied the Gikuyu and Jewish languages, traditions, customs and kabala.
The discovery of this shrine affirmed one very strong opinion expressed by a respected American Egyptologist .James H. Breasted that, Ethiopians were the first to give religious thought and aspiration to the world. It is worth noting that a geological survey carried out in Mount Kenya have shown a sub-teranean water way connecting Mount Kenya with Lake Victoria. This discovery has given credit to the Egyptian 'scientific priests of helipolis (Innu) who through their trail on land followed the course of under Ground River finally reaching Lake Gitengetenge in Mount Kenya . In the modern search of the source of Nile in 19th Century, British explorers and their sponsors the Royal Geographical Society for lack of that Insight, settled with Lake Nyasa ( Victoria ).
From those who have attended rituals in the shrine, attest their feeling that the shrine has magical effect that cannot be comprehended by the ordinary herds.
GOD'S MOUNTAIN AND HIS PEOPLE
The twelve Seers, who entreaty in favour to the community, operate in secrecy to guard their wisdom. Their wisdom outweighs the early Christian gnosis. To conform to the prophetic calling, they renounce all tastes and live ascetic lifestyle Simplicity is a virtue that guides all Mount Kenya Seers. The promulgation that the mountain was the earthly habitation of their mono deity Ngai Murungu manifested the presence of Ngai. It should be noted, in all serious local communities' undertakings that they invoke' the name of Ngai Murungu facing Mount Kenya . From the date the covenant box was placed In Mount Kenya, there are several instances in the said communities history that have been seen as manifestation of supernatural work of Ngai Murungu whenever they humble themselves before him. On arrival of white missionaries, who were operatives of his majesty, this mode of worship was regarded as heretic and the early members of the church were excommunicated. However, there are two notable occasions in our times that Ngai Murungu's hand was seen at work.
In the first occasion, after the arrest and detention of Harry Thuku, the Seers resolved to give their political agitators psychic protection and guidance. The candidacy fell on one Johnstone Kamau in 1928. The Seers ascended Mount Kenya with this simple ordinary village folk. He underwent all essential rituals in the rite of passage and admitted to the Sacerdotal College of Seers. After attaining the status of a seer, Johnstone Kamau was honoured with a star name "Jomo". Jomo is the local name for Halley's Comet. Like the Comet, Jomo was transformed very fast - from a simple village folk with apprenticeship in carpentry to direct entry to the London School of Economics under the tutorage of Prof Malinowski, a highly acclaimed 20th Century anthropologist. Jomo's academic genius was revealed in his serious work "Facing Mount Kenya ". This is the man who brought the British Empire crumbling down to its knees.
The second occasion is in reference to 1948 Mau Mau prayers in Mount Kenya . When the Agikuyu, Aembu and Ameru realized that Britain would never allow Africans self determination in Kenya , their military wing Mau Mau ascended Mount Kenya with their crude weapons namely home-made guns, spears, machetes and other nondescript assortment. They laid down their weapons in prayer. Raising their hands facing Kigongona Kia Mai , the Chief Seer -Mugo wa Kibiru led them reciting their solemn prayer with the following ending words that has become house hold classic line in Mount Kenya region:
Ngai mbara ino turathii ita Nawe,
Nigukorwo turi Aku na Uri Witu,
Twahotwo Niwe Wahotwo
Twahotana Niwe Wahotana
Twahotana nitugacoka haha Tukurutire igongona ria ng'atho.
God You are Our Ally in this war
For we are Your people and You are our God
Our defeat is Your defeat
Our victory is Your victory
If we win we shall assemble here and offer thanks giving offering.
Like Gideon of the Old Testament, they wanted assurance from God that they would defeat British Army. The Chief Seer left the scene. After some hours he came with the message from God. He made a trench from where the Mau Mau were standing and said thus "The day King George's Army crosses this trench, after 10 (ten) years, the British Government will not only lose war in Kenya, but would lose the whole Empire! The Mau Mau spokesman enquired which year the white peoples' rule would come to an end in Kenya . The Chief Seer said British rule will come to an end in the year Mugumo tree in Thika falls down . When this prophesy reached the Government, the Mugumo tree in Thika was reinforced with rails and sheets . In consideration of Britain as a super power, Mau Mau waged a war of attrition. To fulfill the seers prophesy, on 1st June 1953 Mau Mau enticed British soldiers to cross the trench by encamping near the trench. The British army followed in hot pursuit. Then Mau Mau look their turn by crossing over the trench. The British army followed and crossed the trench. There was much celebration in Mau Mau camp that night.
Colonial government, assured white settlers in Kenya that Mau Mau Insurgency would be wiped out in a few days time. But unfortunately for the British, it took years. It became a very expensive war to be engaged in. In capturing one Mau Mau the British Government spent around £ 10.000. Finally they gave up and granted Kenya independence in 1963. This was the year Mugumo tree of Thika fell down.
In Africa you never dispute the words of a Seer. Going by traditional African perception of events, all unborn souls are predestined to a centre stage in either conformity or opposition to the moral order of the universe In physical world. When the same souls are departed, they leave behind reverberated echoes of their past deeds. Evil men are born evil and good men are born good. When evil men are allowed to peddle evil, the moral order of the universe is destroyed and people suffer.
Mount Kenya Chief Seer has premonition that Kenya as a Nation Is destined to fall into a big civil war. He has sited three important observations:
- Diplomatic Missions have engaged in local politics. Four foreign diplomatic missions in Nairobi do not observe code of diplomatic etiquette and procedure. These Embassies have changed to 'governorships'.
- Errant Church founders who masquerade as 'saints' have entered the world of politics with intent to making fortunes.
- Leftist politicians who are imbuing electorates with revolutionary doctrines in the so called 'majimbo' are reminiscence of Yugoslavia - majimbo that abetted ethnic cleansing.
The College of Seers in Mount Kenya have called for a 3 (three) days recess to ask for God's intervention from November 20th, 21st and 22nd. November 23rd 2007 is set as the day of feasting at home with neighbours . This recess was being observed once every 50 years to renew communities covenant with God. It was especially good tor them when they felt they were under a major threat. Unfortunately this occasion was outlawed when Kenya was colonized.
In the 3 (three) days, the Seers will be orienting managi in what they call 'mugwanja mugwanja'. This entails blessing of the Nation and condemnation of its enemies. Mau Mau who saw action in the war of independence will be performing prayers and rituals in the designated groves as promised in 1948. The rest of the members of the 3 (three) communities shall remain Indoors In prayers and fasting.
"...very few today would claim that the story of Gikuyu and Mumbi is factually true, but none would deny that a shared belief in the efficacy of prayer and ritual sacrifice has been a very important factor In the growth and success of the Kikuyu"
MOUNT KENYA by John Reader
This is the Kenya you do not know.
SAMUEL KAMITHA ( Chief Seer's Messenger )
MOUNT KENYA COLLEGE OF SEERS