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Matirí Ngemi is a podcast discussing, exploring and researching the Agikuyu culture, history and heritage.

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Matirí Ngemi is a podcast discussing, exploring and researching the Agikuyu culture, history and heritage.

    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part III

    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part III

    In this episode, we conclude our discussion on Agîkûyû philosophy of Ûthoni and Rûracio. Listen to episode 4 and 5 for parts I and II of the discussion if you haven't already. Enjoy, share and provide feedback.

    We know there will be lots of questions on this topic, and other topics. In our next episode, we will focus on answering listeners questions; so send those in using our twitter, instagram and facebook. You can also email your detailed question to matiringemi@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part II

    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part II

    In this episode, we continue to discuss and explore Agîkûyû philosophy of Ûthoni and Rûracio. Listen to episode 4 for part I of the discussion if you haven't already. Enjoy, share and provide feedback.



    References:

    The Southern Kikuyu before 1903, Volume II by L.S.B. Leakey. (https://www.mathaga.com/collections/pre-colonial/products/the-southern-kikuyu-before-1903-by-l-s-b-leakey)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part I

    Ûthoni na Rûracio (Agîkûyû Philosophy on Marriage) - Part I

    This podcast introduces the foundational terms and concepts of Ûthoni, Rûracio and Ûhiki. The aim of this discussion is to enable to listener to understand the Philosophy of marriage for the Mûgîkûyû, and how our forefathers thought about the process, and contrasting it with how we think about it today. This is Part I of the discussion. Enjoy, share and provide feedback.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Irua (Initiation into adulthood)

    Irua (Initiation into adulthood)

    In this episode, we discuss Irua, commonly referred to as circumcision. We discuss the history and philosophy of this very important stage in the life of a Mûgîkûyû. This discussion really is a primer for anyone who would like to research, learn and understand Irua, and its esoteric wisdom. Enjoy and share, and provide feedback.

    Some resources on Irua: (Included are some of the songs that were/are sang during the Irua period)
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/gikuyu-foundational-teaching-for-initiates/

    Songs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x5uu3HuFJc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5H_CD0_vdA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN8g29_uNrA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ilRCG9yjk

    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Economy of the Mûgîkûyû

    The Economy of the Mûgîkûyû

    In this episode, we discuss the relationship of the Gîkwa and the Mûkûngûgû as a metaphor for the family relationship between the man and the woman, and discuss at a high level the economy and talents of the pre-colonial Mûgîkûyû. To learn more, please read the following article thanks to Mûkûyû.

    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/gikwa-na-mukungugu/

    Enjoy and please give us feedback. Nî ngatho.

    • 55 min
    Mûciî wa Mûgîkûyû (Home of the Mûgîkûyû)

    Mûciî wa Mûgîkûyû (Home of the Mûgîkûyû)

    In this episode, we give a high-level overview and description of the Mûciî or Home of the Mûgîkûyû. We also discuss the importance of the Nyûmba and the Thingira. Ancestral land and inheritance, a very important and sensitive topic is also discussed. To learn more about the Mûciî, please click on the resources below:

    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/mucii/
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kikuyu-traditional-architecture-documented/
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/kikuyu-mans-abode/
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/thingira-2/
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/gikuyu-nyumba-sacred-geometry/
    https://mukuyu.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/healing-instrument/

    Enjoy and please give us feedback. Nî ngatho.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

Boi-1nder ,

Very informative

Very deep

Mama Manya ,

This is awesome and sad at enormity of what we have lost.

So I’ve only just listened to the 1st episode ... the origin story. You’re both great hosts and thank you for this content. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the episodes! I was a bit sad though about the fact that our clans are based on our Dad’s ancestry. I always felt after having read Ngugi wa Thiong’os autobiography, that our culture should have followed matrilineal lines. If that makes any sense. Maybe because I come from a family of all girls. We were raised under my dads clan/family but my mothers clan is Aithaga. One of my younger sisters actually doesn’t even know about the supposed witching powers and we don’t want to tell her. But she has a super high affinity for nature and animals. My mom can sense the weather and can foretell. She says it usually feels like dejavu though. Idk maybe in the spirit of being fair we should all identify with both sides?

Terry from Nairobi ,

Excellent Agīkūyū history

What a great podcast!! To teach our list culture is a wonderful thing. I pray more peoples and tribes do this too so that we can all enjoy the glory of all our tribal cultures here in Kenya and Africa . Our heritage should be our deepest joy and pride

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