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Is there a Kikuyu belief in a great tree of life, that reaches into heaven ?


I had the privilege of being raised by Gracie Wambui Kenyatta, who was our Ayah when my parents sheltered her family in the1950s and1960s. Although white, I will always be African, as my ancestors embraced Kipsigis and Kikuyu culture.I remember Gracie telling me of Ngaia and the Great Tree during our many chats at the 'talking chair' ( see photo below).Gracie said Ngaia was the great God in the sky and that no man has more right to be on Earth than any other.She also talked about the great tree that fascinated me all my life. I lived in New Zealand, Wales and England after Kenya.

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