The Great seer of Bukusu community

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Photo by CGN, rocks at Sang'alo, Bungoma

By Mercy Asami and Zepparine Mabele,

The beautiful historical site by the name Sikele sia Mulia found in Bungoma County located along Sang’alo road opposite Chemululuchi primary school, has been a center of attraction for years. The beautiful site has caught many eyes of people from different parts of the world and across the country.

According to the history of the existence of the Sikele Sia Mulia rocks and the images on it, each image had its own meaning traditionally in the Bukusu community and representation transpired in the digital world.

The Sikele Sia Mulia has got its meaning in the Bukusu tradition where “sikele” means a person’s leg while “Mulia” the person’s name who owns the legs. In the olden days lived a man by the name Mulia who was from the Bukusu sub-tribe called Balunda. He was an elder and a seer who was mightier and could perform miracles. People used to despise his words of walking on the rock and leaving his footprints.

Photo by CGN, rocks at Sang’alo, Bungoma

Mr. Mulia wasn’t a seer all by himself but he also had his fellows who were; Maina Wanalukale, Mukite Wanameme, Wachia Wanaumbwa, and Mutonyi Wanavukelembe among others who never possessed supernatural powers that Mr. Mulia had. The mentioned seers were envious of him and his powers and thus plotted to kill him.

Since Mulia had supernatural powers, to disapprove his people he stepped on the rock, and miraculously his left footprint remained on the rock. By doing so, his people were mesmerized and came in total agreement with what he previously said. Mr.Mulia was a married man whose wife had the same powers as well as his son. By being married Mr. Mulia sent a great message to the Bukusu man and in the digital world to treat marriage with respect.

The great seer never gave up he went a mile further by kneeling on the same rock and left the two knees prints. Fear engulfed the viewers. The symbolic act of kneeling facing the northern part of Mt Elgon in their native language called Mt Masaba where he gave gratitude to their God in Bukusu language called “Wele Khakaba” who could hear his prayers was to teach his people both traditionally and in the digital world to keep on with their religious faith.

He went ahead making himself weapons a spear and the shield where he trained his boy how to defend himself, the spear and the shield in digital life transformation are learning institution where the spear is transpired to be the current pen while the shield is the book. Mr. Mulia engaged himself in livestock keeping, poultry, fishing, and farming activities where it’s practiced in the digital world.

The great man used to sleep on the leopard skin and not any other animal skin because the leopard portrayed the brevity power. Just beside the leopard skin was the golden stool that he sat on when addressing his people. He also had a borehole that never dried up in all seasons and was determined as holy water. By immersing a leaf in their native language “kumkhonge” inside the borehole if it could sink it meant coming of rain.

The lion’s image on the rock gave a clear sign of his supernatural and brevity power. It’s believed that if Mr. Mulia could stand on the image and he could gain those powers from the lion.

According to the tour guide, Simon Nyongesa in conjunction with the chief East Sang’alo has asked the county government to beautify the place by fencing and that could help the county as a source of revenue.

 

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