Kalenjin, Pokot in Kenya



Population

706,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Pokoot were once considered part of the Kalenjin people who were highland Nilotic people who originated in southern Ethiopia and migrated southward into Kenya as early as 2,000 years ago. Though the Pokoot consider themselves to be one people, they are basically divided into two sub-groups based on livelihood. About half of the Pokoot are semi-nomadic, semi-pastoralists who live in the lowlands west and north of Kapenguria and throughout Kacheliba Division and Nginyang Division, Baringo District. These people herd cattle, sheep, and goats and live off the products of their stock. The other half of the Pokoot are agriculturalists who live anywhere conditions allow farming.

The homestead is the social center for the Pokoot. Here a man lives with his wives, each having their own hut. All members of the family live here and the stock is corralled here at night. The man of the family rules the homestead, telling the others what duties they are to perform.

The position of women in Pokoot society is weak. A woman has no voice in any public forums and no authority within her own homestead. She is considered "foolish", like the cows for which she is traded.

Illness and death are greatly feared among the Pokoot. Death is the end of life and there is no after life. Therefore, life is most important and is precious to the Pokoot. Much of their religious ritual is involved in warding off illness or in effecting cures.

The majority of the Pokoot still follow their traditional religion. Some of Pokoot are Christians but the majority are traditionalists. Even among the Christians, the traditional religion worldview is still dominant.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Kalenjin, Pokot
People Name in Country Kalenjin, Pokot
Population in Kenya 706,000
World Population 824,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Eastern Suk, Western Suk
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Kalenjin, Pokot
Ethnic Code NAB62p
People ID 14428
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Rift Valley Province, Baringo and West Pokot districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pokoot (706,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pokoot 706,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1936-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1967-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2009)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pokoot
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
45.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
40.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: Gary Glahn  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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