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|Summary and Quick Quiz|
Nyamira County is a county in the former Nyanza Province of Kenya.
It was formerly part of Kisii County when Kisii County was a district and is sometimes called North Kisii County. The main cash crops grown are bananas and tea.
The county has a population of 598, 252 (2009 census).
Its capital and largest town is Nyamira, with an urban population of around 41, 668 (2009 census).
Map of distribution of physical features.
Areas of high population density
Traditional way of life of the people
Songs and dances
Traditional medical practices
It was common to name a child after a deceased person from the father's clan for the first name, and one from the mother's clan for the second name.
Children may also be named for a recent event, such as the weather at the time of the child's birth.
Some common names refer to the time of migrations. For example, the woman's name Kwamboka means "crossing a river."
Initiation ceremonies are performed for both boys and girls, and rituals accompany all important events.
Circumcision of boys at around age of 10 as a rite of passage without anesthesia is common among the kisii.
This ritual takes place annually in the months of November and December followed by a period of seclusion during which the boys are led in different activities by older boys, and is a great time of celebration indeed for families and communities at large.
It was done before circumcision. Songs and dances were practiced to mark a successful harvest.
The kisii play a large bass lyre called obokano.
Dance and folks dances were performed after harvest or during naming of a child and also during evenings to educate the young on community morals.
Main cash crops and food crops grown
The areas where the cash crops are grown
Types of livestock kept
Areas where fishing is practiced
The major forests
Types of wildlife
Major tourist attractions
Traditional industries and the products
The major trading centers