Manga hills- The mysterious hill

The manga hills is found in both Nyamira and Kisii county whereby Nyamira county takes the top of the cliff while Kisii takes the lower case.

This hill is associated by the Abagusii community and they call it the Emanga ridge. Standing on this hill, one can see beautiful landscapes of the southern parts of Kisii up to the lake region.

The Manga hills as several historical facts and for someone who loves history wouldn’t want to miss out knowing the Abagusii beliefs. The hill has an endless hole called Engoro ya manga which is believed to have connected to the great Lake Victoria.

It is believed that during the migrations, the Abagusii people first settled in this hill before they moved to other parts of Kisii. This hill is full of caves and massive rocks that served to the people as places of shelter and and they could spot the enemy during attacks.

Manga hills served as the first court and during the colonial era, the first court was called Ritongo and was useful in settling disputes and negotiating dowry prices.

This hill is considered sacred/holy place and it has procedures to follow for all who want to see it. One has to tie a bundle of green grass then collect some pieces of firewood which are thrown into the hole so that ancestors allow the access. It is also here that community elders come to offer sacrifices and offerings to their ancestors when faced with disasters such as drought, famine and floods.

It is believed that when the region becomes very hot and dry, the ridge will burn itself and then there will be heavy rains. It Β is believed that at night the residents, see fire burning bushes but when they visit the place the following day, they won’t see any damage caused by the mysterious fire.


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