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Title:Indigenous nomenclature: indicators of moral theology within the naming system of the Abakabras and Abatachoni (Luhya) of western Kenya
Author:Samita, Zacharia WanakachaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
personal names
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Tachoni (African people)
Abakabras (African people)
Christian ethics
Abstract:Among the Abakabras and Abatachoni (Luhya) of Bungoma and Kakamega Districts in the Western Province of Kenya, naming is one of the processes through which a person's identity may be revealed. Part of what matters most in the identity are moral-ethical values remembered about or associated with particular families and clans. Names also suggest, reveal and connect an individual to his or her roots in being. They have a profound human and religious significance. Naming preserves the link between the living and the dead. Nomenclature ('yingulikho') or the giving of names serves an important socioreligious function which reveals Abakabras and Abatachoni cosmological and theological perceptions. Bibliogr., sum.