Gikuyu, Mumbi and Their Ten Daughters

Gikuyu, Mumbi and Their Ten Daughters

The Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Centre is a hut-like structure which houses the sculptures of Gikuyu and Mumbi (considered the father and mother of the Agikuyu respectively) and those of their ten daughters. Did you know that when learning Kenyan history, only 9 daughters are mentioned? Since counting all members of your family was considered a taboo (whose consequence was death of one of the members), the last born daughter, Wamuyu aka Wairigia wasn’t counted. Now you know 🙂
The sculpture on the left is that of Mumbi (note the calabash that she holds), while the one on the right is that of Gikuyu.

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