CEREMONY AFTER BURIAL ‘YWEYO LIEL’
This was done depending on the sex of the person who has passed away. If it was a man of the home people were to sleep outside the home for 4 days and if it was the mother 3 days. After those days each member of the family was to be shaved using razor blade and then herbs ‘manyasi’ were taken for cleansing.
BEATING THE HUSBAND USING UNDERWEAR ‘GOYO CHUORI GI SIRUARU’
When fighting with the husband, a luo wife was not supposed to beat the husband using her underwear. When such happened they would not be together as a man and wife untill they take the herbs ‘manyasi’ that was special for that.
•In the community there were many herbs ‘manyasi’ used for treatment of diseases and cleansing of rituals e.g. Dyschoriste radicans – ‘Ratek-min-Angasa’ (in dholuo)
• Toddalis asiatica – ‘Nyalwet—kwadu’
• Calvatia (Lycoperdacaceae) – ‘Obuoch-Juok’
• Mystroxyton aethiopicum – ‘ododo’
• Amaranthus ( Amaranthaceae) – ‘ong’ong’o’
• Sclerocarya birrea – ‘yaga’
• Kigela Africana – ‘amoyo’
• Cleome gynadra and many more plants were used.
Some of these believes are still being practiced by a few people but use of herbs will never stop as long as the community exists/lives on.
Story Prepared By:
Monica Ageng’o, Librarian (Herbarium – NMK)