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Crucial Things You Need to Know About Sheild Among The Kalenjin

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By MissRova | self meida writer
Published 29 days ago - 2 views

Loong'eet | Sheild Loong'eet or loong'iik comes from the word Keelang'uune, to rise up. It is made into an arch, by a specialist, experienced Motiryoot / kitaang'intet. Sitiyoot and martiit were common trees used to make the shield. It was made in the knowledge of the human defense system. So, it has front, (Teket/Tekeet), back, (bateet,) joinery, (rooteet) and the handle, (subeyyoot).

The edges are Kermenuutik. But the shield carried an important information about each family. All homes had to have their own distinctive shield. The shield had this major design and uses

(1) Shape-streamlined to diverge arrows.

(2) Material(s) its made of are symbolic

(3) Ceremonial duties a part of main function

(4) Mode of carrying-style

(5) There was specific war of shield/slapping lions/enemies when close without using other weapons. {Close Quaters-Combat}

(6) They were in varieties as per bororieet

(7) In Kalenjin, longet is used as a symbol of protection.

The shield suneiyot/handle was made of a special handle. An average weight of loong'eet is 10-15 kgs.

Vocabulary of Loonget

1.long (longet), plural. longotinua (longotinnek).

2. Outside edge of shield; Saanya (Saanyat), plural -Saanyas (saanyasiek).

3. Midrib of shield, ketit-ap-longet.

4. Raised portion on outside of shield; ketup (ketupet), plural -ketupos (ketuposiek).

5. Leather protection for the hand on midrib of shield- Rarai (Raraita), Plural. raraiua (raraiuek).

6. Skin used for binding midrib on, to shield, tikiseyuo (tikiseyuot), Plural - Tikise (Tikiaeyuek).

Shields are made of the skin of the buffalo, eland, or giant pig, and are nearly oval in shape. A narrow piece of wood is sewn tightly round the edge and a broader piece down the centre of the inside. This latter is detached from the shield in the middle and thus forms the handle.

Nandi shields are painted, and each geographical division has its own design. The various Siritaiik (parishes or geographical subdivisions) are also represented by different marks in the main design. Colours used in painting these shields are white, red, black, and grey or blue

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