- From: caleb wothes
This collection is special to me, and my family. I wrote most of these
haiku in campus, under a Mugumo tree on the greenly lawn. I sat there
most of the afternoons last week, silently mourning the death of my
dry mugumo leaves gloom
I fight back tears under
a dry mugumo leaf keeps
under a mugumo--
I watch June dusk brighten
I sadly watch rusty keys dangle
The Mugumo Fig Tree of Kenya
By: Elizabeth Mumbi Waichinga
Mugumo is the name of a special sacred tree known to the Kikuyu
community and many others in Kenya. Its name was inherited from the
ancestors, and the ancestors inherited it from their ancestors.
For some reason, the holiness of this tree has survived the ages. Even
a cultural invasion by foreigners -which Mugo Wa Kibiro prophesied
about and influenced the dress code of the natives and gave them a
foreign language- didn’t destroy the sacredness of the Mugumo tree.
Several theories have evolved about this indigenous tree.
Some natives believe that going around this tree seven times would
automatically change oneÃs sex. But no one has ever experienced this
transformation. Others believe spirits of the ancestors and the living
dead hover around this tree. In fact some have claimed to have heard
and recognized voices of departed relatives.
Mugumo is a rare tree found only in big forests like Mount Kenya. The
Kikuyu community inhabiting the slopes of mount Kirinyaga, which has
since been renamed Mount Kenya, considers this tree their shrine. They
use it to commemorate their land’s independence.
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Thanks for sharing your sorrow and this tree!