Keiyo Kalenjin in Kenya

The Kalenjin, Keiyo have only been reported in Kenya
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Elgeyo, also known as Keiyo, people live in the highlands near Eldoret. Many also have moved to live in towns and cities where they are involved in a variety of businesses. Others in the home area work small farms and live on milk, grains such as sorghum, millet and maize, blood and meat from their cattle, goats and sheep.

From Wikipedia, "Territorially, the Elgeiyo People divided their land into 16-east-west stretches to control intermarriage and displacement of a clan by other clans and a system of totems were acquired. The land was divided so that each group had access to the banks of Kerio River and thus the totems ran perpendicular to the river. The land was sub-divided to members of the same clan marked by a series of stones referred to as Koiwek."

Like many groups in Africa, each male is part of an "age set". A woman is part of the age set of her husband. Each set is all those born within about an eight to ten year span of time such that a boy and his father must have one set between them.
The Elgeyo are one of the Kalenjin peoples who also live in Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia. They constitute nearly 15 percent of the Kenyan population. The famous runners from Kenya are disproportionately Kalenjin.

The people speak KiSwahili and English in addition to Geiyo.


What Are Their Beliefs?

While most Elgeyo identify as Christian, there are also a sizeable number who follow their traditional animist religion.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kalenjin, Keiyo in Kenya.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Kalenjin, Keiyo
People Name in Country Kalenjin, Keiyo
Natural Name Keiyo Kalenjin
Population this Country 263,000
Population all Countries 263,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names
People ID 18971
ROP3 Code 115445
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Keiyo (263,000 speakers)
Language Code eyo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Keiyo (263,000 speakers)
Language Code eyo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Keiyo

Primary Language:  Keiyo

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 29.00 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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