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Dying Voice

Andrew K. Tanui

Publication Year: 2013

The subject of cattle-raids carried out by various nomadic communities on their counterparts is a subject of interest, intrigue and misinterpretation. What was the original purpose of cattle-raids in the concerned nomadic communities? How exactly were the raids carried out? What were the norms and taboos governing cattle-raids and wars in the traditional tribal folklore? Is cattle-raising compatible with modern society? Is it acceptable for perpetrators of modern cattle-raiding to hide behind "tradition" and justify their criminal activities. The above are some of the questions that inspired this author of this book to undertake 11 years of research which is presented here in the form of a novel.

Published by: African Books Collective


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

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pp. 7-8

Rev. Andrew Tanui has narrated, in the form of a novel, the cultural practices and beliefs of the Kalenjin community on the cattle raid. It is true that heroes were named depending on their successes and victories of their raids and number of cows brought home from those they perceived as their enemies. ...

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pp. 9-10

I should like to pay my special gratitude to many Kony, Maasai and Nandi elders for their willing participation in my research and freely sharing and discussing with me many issues highlighted in this book. I felt deeply moved when I realized that inside the minds of our elders is a hidden treasure of knowledge ...

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pp. 11-12

In the course of researching, compiling and writing this book, I received vaulable assistance from many individuals whom I would like to recognize. The list includes various resourceful elders like the late Samuel Kiptogom Arap Barno, of Kapbaras (Nandi District), Mr. Jairo Arap Kurgat of Kapngeny, the late Philemon Arap Letting, ...

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pp. 13-14

Why is it that the story I have told in this book has haunted the memory of our people since time immemorial? Sigilai Arap Tormoi, the hero and narrator himself participated in all the events in this story. He saw season after season and raid after raid and how the Nandi people and their land could not be the same again. ...


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pp. 15-16

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pp. 17-20

I remember everything now as my mind is haunted by the events that took place a long time ago, when I was a young warrior. This was long before the salt coloured people had stepped into the Nandi country. Now I am so old that my weak legs can no longer support my body. I am left to crawl like a child. ...

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Chapter One: Those Were the Days

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pp. 21-90

The girls’ circumcision season was drawing near. Our lovers were already preparing for their circumcision and subsequent marriages. Alas, we did not own a single cow yet! For a long time, the beautiful girls had ignored us. As we watched helplessly, the sons of the wealthy married as many women as they wished. But our lovers had told us off. ...

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Chapter Two: We Blew the Horn

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pp. 91-164

Immediately after we had met with the elders, we left early in the morning, on our dangerous spying mission to the Kapkwambisi and Kamoriongo regions. On the eve of our departure, we had been showered with blessings by the elders who briefed us on what was expected of us during the course of our mission. ...

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Chapter Three: We Laughed / Ancient Nandi Life in Pictures

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pp. 165-216

Our people had always distinguished between fishermen and herdsmen and could not see any reason why the fisher-folk Luo should own cattle instead of fish! The Luo could not be trusted to take care of the cattle, and therefore had no right to own them. So we had successfully raided the Luo several times to retrieve our rightful cattle from them. ...

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Chapter Four: We Cried

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pp. 217-278

We were over four hundred warriors when we left Kaptumek in Nandi Land. Six months later only four of us had survived. We had narrowly escaped a group of hyenas and a couple of lions a short distance away from Ol’Lessos, as we continued our doleful journey back home. We were stark naked. ...

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Chapter Five: A Dream Come True

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pp. 279-330

An outburst of ululation from women went up into the air three times. These women had formed a tetwa1 to prevent men from viewing the actual act of girls’ circumcision. ...

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pp. 331-332

Sigilai Arap Tormoi was found to have died in his sleep. He looked peaceful and satisfied after he had made peace with the sons of Kingo. ...

Appendix A: Nandi Clans and Their Totems

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pp. 333-334

Appendix B: Nandi Age-Sets

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pp. 334-335

Appendix C: Nandi Age-Sets and Related Events

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pp. 335-336

Appendix D: Nandi Divisions

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pp. 337-338

Appendix E: Nandi Divisions’ Settlement

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pp. 339-340

Appendix F: Glossary of Nandi Words and Proverbs

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pp. 341-346

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The Author

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pp. 347-348

The Reverend. Andrew Kiptoo Arap Tanui, born in 1952 in Kabarus Village, Cheborge Division, in the then Kericho District, is the third born son of Mr. Lawrence Kiptanui Arap Sang (Kapsiirng’ot) of Kipkenda clan (Sololo) and the late Mrs. Esther Jemutai Sang (Kabargero) of Kapchemusarek clan. ...

Back cover

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p. 350-350

E-ISBN-13: 9789966040350
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966992536

Page Count: 348
Publication Year: 2013