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People of Kenya: Mbeere


The community people are a Kenya tribe very similar to the Embu the oral history indicates that the two tribes were originally one Embu tribe. The Mbeere split from the Embu after an inter-clan war which the Embu clan won. After the victory, the Embu pushed the later to the drier and less fertile Kiangombe hills south of the Embu region.

The two tribes share many common customs and rituals. Traditionally they had jointly owned sacred places called Matiiri. Like with most other bantu tribes, circumcision is an important rite of passage for the community boys. The clan or extended family had less influence on family life than in other bantu tribes.