Mijikenda, Giriama in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Mijikenda, Giriama only in Kenya

Population

798,000

Christian

90%

Evangelical

48%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Giriama (Agiryama) people are Bantus living along the coastal areas of Kenya. They have migrated from Singwaya in the north eastern sides of Kenyan coast bordering the Oromo.


Where are they Located?

They largely live along the Kenya coast, mostly found in the Kilifi and Malind district. They are found also sparsely in Mombasa and Kwale Districts of the coast province.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Giriamas were largely famers, hunters and gatheres. They currently farm, though in really small scale. The crops they plannt include perennials like coconuts and cashewnuts which act as main cashcrops. They also plant Maise, Millet and peas. The Giriamas are largely social, leaving in extended families though recently the trend seems to be dropped. They live in Makuti thatched houses mostly which are mud walled, but recently iron sheets and brick structures have started to be common. Some take advanted of the close proximity to the Indian ocoean by fishing though is small scale. those that do this practise it purely for subsistance.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Giriamas were originally traditionalist, believing in idols, called the Koma. They used to sacrifise at the Koma,nearly on weekely basis. Sacrifices included Alcohol (the tradiational Manazi) which is palm wine. They believe that the koma were actually the representatives of the living dead, they would therefor name the komas with names og all the elders that have gone befopre them. The koma was a curves piece of wood, and the eledest of them that have already gone before them was represented with a bigger peice of wood called the Kigango. When trouble befalls a family, they would sometime go to scarifice by the koma side, sometimes porridge and blood would be used. Th Giriama however are now largely migrating from these believes and majorly have become Christians, with some few becomeing muslims. There are afew however that stiil practise the tradition religion. They also believed in witchcraft.


What are Their Needs?

The Giriamas need largely education and Evangelism. The preaching previously of the gospel was not of accepting the Lord Jesus the Christ but was rather on going to church which resulted inmany going to church whilst still practising their religion and traditional beliefs.


Prayer Points

* Breaking the yoke of traditional religion
* Removal of the bonage of curses
* Move of the Holy Ghost to teach on acceptance of Christ



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Country Kenya
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Coast Province, Kilifi and Kwale districts, north of Mombasa
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People Name General Mijikenda, Giriama
People Name in Country Mijikenda, Giriama
ROP3 Code 103386
Joshua Project People ID 11904
Indigenous Yes
Population in Kenya 798,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Mijikenda,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma Kigiryama: Giryama
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General Mijikenda, Giriama
Ethnic Code NAB57j
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
90%    ( Evangelical  48% )
Ethnic Religions
5.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
5.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
45.00%
Independent
20.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
10.00%
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