Visit to origin sites at Nyeberekera (ishenyi) and Bwanda (Nata) with Joseph Mashohi, Mossi Chagana, Sochoro Kabati, and Makuru Nyang'aka
Joseph Mashohi, Mossi Chagana, Sochoro Kabati, Makuru Nyang'aka, Jan Bender Shetler, Nyawagamba Magotto
Nyangere Esther Faini Magoto (transcriber), Rose Wang'ombe Mtoka (transcriber), Nyamusi Magatti (transcriber)
This visit involved finding origin sites in Nyeberekera (Ishenyi) and then traveling to a nearby site in Bwanda (Nata). While in Nyeberekera the group was able to see the Bwinamoki, which are tall rock formations. They heard the story of the sacred site (risambwa) of the prophet Shanyangi and learned about the rituals performed at the site. They also discussed the Nyeberekera Mogenda, another sacred site. Unfortunately, the group was unable to visit this because of the weather. After this, the group went to Bwanda and found the kopje, another type of rock formation that was used as a hiding place. Here they heard the story of Nyamunywa and Nyasigonko and learned more about the history of the site.
16 February 1996
Jan Bender Shetler Collection, Goshen College
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Jan Bender Shetler; Goshen College; Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Joseph Mashohi was born in 1946 in Singisi, Issenye. He moved to Iharara Issenye, and then came to Nyeberekera in 1985 to offer. He used to be a Diwani. Mossi Chagana was born sometime after the British came, and he estimated himself to be about 72 years old. He was a young, mature man in WWII and had already gone for migrant labor. Makuru Nyang'aka was born in 1922 and is Rumaruncha. There is no biographical information available about Sochoro Kabati.