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Names on Mount Kenya

Post  kosovohp on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:50 pm

The word Kenya, /ˈkɛnjə/, originates from the Kikuyu, Embu and Kamba names for Mount Kenya, "Kirinyaga", "Kirinyaa" and "Kiinyaa". The English meaning of the words, in all three languages, is "place with ostriches" – in reference to the black and white plumage of male ostriches. When viewed from a distance the snow-capped peak of the mountain is like the white feathers of a male ostrich. Pre-historic volcanic eruptions of Mount Kenya (now extinct) may have resulted in its association with divinty and creation among the indigenous Kikuyu-related ethic groups who are the original native inhabitants of the vast agricultural land surrounding Mount Kenya.

In the 19th Century, the German explorer, Ludwig Krapf, recorded the name as both Kenia and Kegnia believed by some to be a corruption of the Kamba version.[7][8][9] Others say that this was—on the contrary—a very precise notation of a correct African pronunciation /ˈkɛnjə/. [10]

During the colonial period, the name was pronounced /ˈkiːnjə/. That pronunciation has been abandoned since independence in favour of the African version.[citation needed]

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Re: Names on Mount Kenya

Post  Wesley Cheek on Thu May 16, 2013 10:50 pm

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And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow.
And if you really try
You'll find there's no need to cry
In this place you'll feel
There's no hurt or sorrow.
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space, make a better place.

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