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Editions Mau-Mau

Nov 25, 2019 - Nura Qureshi

Members of the Mau Mau called themselves the Land & Freedom Army. Their mysterious aura was the result of oathing ceremonies including animal sacrifices, eating the goat’s heart and lungs, swearing of a series of oaths, being tied together with goat skins and passing through banana stalk arches to be “reborn”. Some of the ceremonies would take place in rooms barely lit by candles.


The British Military tried to encourage Mau Mau fighters to come out of their hideout in the forests and surrender by carrying branches in front of their faces. There are no known white flags as death was certain either way once the line was crossed. In the end, a lot of Kenyans still don’t live on the land they once fought for, but like the African Proverb says  “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”.