What is a clan?
A clan is a group of people with a common ancestor (founding father).
Study this drawing and discuss it in your groups. It illustrates a clan.
Clanism is an important aspect in almost all traditional African societies.
Clan members are related by blood.
Most clans in the traditional communities were founded by males, but the Kikuyu clans were founded by women.
Kipasiso and Kapchemuri (Chemuri)
Kipkoiitim (also partly from Elgon)
Talai, the medicine men's clan (partly also from Kamasya)
Kikuyu clans were founded by the 9 daughters of Gikuyu and Mumbi
Gikuyu and his wife Mumbi and their 9 daughters
When relatives ( cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandparents and great grandparents plus their offspring) come together they form a clan.
Members of a clan
Clans are sustained by naming of children after the living dead and the ancestors.
Each clan had a council of elders