African Ethics: Gĩkũyũ Traditional Morality by Hannah Wangeci Kinoti

By Hannah Wangeci Kinoti

African Ethics: G?k?y? conventional Morality through Hannah Kinoti used to be caused by way of the author's main issue concerning the decline of ethical criteria one of the G?k?y? in glossy Kenya. Western schooling and elevated interplay with different cultures had made the society extra advanced and complicated. whilst, social evils like corruption, theft, prostitution, damaged houses and sexual promiscuity have been at the elevate. "While this is often happening," says the writer, "African tradition is usually pointed out long ago annoying as though it truly is now not relevant." She needed to find what have been the virtues that, ahead of the advent of western civilization, held society jointly and shaped the root of its morality. She determined to check a few of the most important virtues (honesty, generosity, justice, braveness and temperance) that have been hugely valued in conventional G?k?y? tradition. She then in comparison the certainty and perform of those virtues by way of 3 teams: outdated humans (who had had first-hand adventure of conventional life), middle-aged humans and children. the result of this learn should still entice researchers and lecturers of African traditions, tradition, faith and ethics. both, scholars of comparative ethics should still locate this a important resource of data on conventional methods of holding behaviour that made for concord in society. younger Africans wishing to get a deeper realizing in their roots must also locate this paintings of serious curiosity.

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The main goals in Gĩkũyũ society were irĩ and irĩĩri. These goals formed a strong motive for cultivating the moral ideals that the society recommended. In terms of moral ideals, the traditional Gĩkũyũ recognized two types of people. There was a type which was able to attract wealth and reputation. A person who had the qualities which the Gĩkũyũ believed were necessary for attracting these two blessings was referred to as Mwendo nĩ irĩ na irĩĩri (One favoured by wealth and honour). In normal circumstances each individual had the potential to attract irĩ and irĩĩri.

Family religious activities were concerned with the welfare of family members. Persistent maladies in the family, for instance, drove the whole family to sacrifice to God and to undergo a thorough ‘cleansing’ of conduct, including the minute details of courtesy. Family religious activities helped to maintain a morality based on the belief that conduct had direct results on family welfare. For the individual member of the family, the most important critical moments of his life, including ini,+ K_\ :lc kliXc  J\kk` e^ tiation into adulthood and marriage, occurred in the home.

In that way, the Ndorobo continued to hunt on the land he no longer owned and for which he had received payment. The present and former owners did not molest each other because they had become blood brothers. The Gĩkũyũ had formally acquired the right to cultivate. 142 +/ K_\ :lc kliXc  J\kk` e^ Therefore, this was the kind of conduct the Gĩkũyũ had been used to prior to European occupation. 143 The Gĩkũyũ were bound to learn from such conduct since part of the European mission was to ‘uplift’ the Africans.

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