Triple S, TSC Shrine

With the assistance of the seers researchers discovered the legendary sacred secret Shrine in Mount Kenya. This Shrine from time immemorial was referred by those who knew it (the seers, Maturanguru and Matathi elders, who have passed the negative confessions) as Kigongona kia Mai or Water tabernacle.  What constitutes its sacredness is the mode of rituals performed therein.

The appointed elder when carrying out the rituals in this shrine has his right leg tied to a layana (a climbing rope like plant). In case of death in the course of the rituals, his associates pull him off, for where he stands to perform the rituals, is forbidden to any other mortal.

The arch elder pours water on the holy ground to form a Triangle pattern. On the outer perimeter he forms a Square pattern and finally he ends by encompassing the Square with a wider Circle pattern. Raising his hands up facing Runyondo rwa Njathi, 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 scented smoke rises up, his companions raise their hands up facing the peak of Runyondo rwa Njathi, recite a call for peace in unison after every verse. The seers regard the prayers as the most all powerful and all the most solemn because they refer to the formation of the first matter and the first of Ngai’s work. The three signs i.e. the Triangle, the Square and the Circle represent the three merging forces that come together in creation of the universe. The merged forces generated heat. The heat was so intense that it created centrifugal force that set free the three forces that had merged. The aftermath of the three forces was water. The mater water was the first product of the three signs. Water is liturgical. Mai in Gikuyu language is water. Mai denote something magical.

Basically, following the insight of the seers, the 1956 theory of the big bang comes to mind.

Copyright: Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum