ISBN 9789966792143
Pages 272
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2011
Publisher University of Nairobi Press, Kenya
Format Paperback

The Misiri Legend Explored

A Linguistic Inquiry into the Kalenjiin People's Oral Tradition of Ancient Egyptian Origin

by Kipkoeech araap Sambu

How can a black people, who do not even profess to Islam, claim to have originated from Egypt, which is such an Arabic and Islamic geographical setting? But the Kalenjiin people of Kenya have held on fast to a tradition that their ancestors in antiquity were part of ancient Pharaonic Egypt, which they variously call Tto and Misiri. As unlikely as it may sound, the persistence in keeping this oral tradition alive does not seem to be dying with time and distance from the claimed place of origin. The Misiri Legend Explored: A Linguistic Inquiry into the Kalenjiin People's Oral Tradition of Ancient Egyptian Origin establishes the Kalenjin oral tradition of Misirian origin on the basis of linguistic evidence - a genuine tool which Egyptology scholars and researchers need to have relied on much more to bring greater and more final results to their investigations. Students of ancient Egypt willing to accept that there is an irrational prejudice against the concept of ancient black African ingenuity will upgrade their stock of knowledge regarding ancient Egypt with the numerous discoveries laid out here. They will discover a powerful new tool for their trade in the form of the African languages and cultures that now lie South of the Sahara.

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About the Author

Kipkoeech araap Sambu

Kipkoeech araap Sambu holds a doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of South Africa (D.Litt. et Phil, 2001); a professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS, UK, 1983); and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi (1979). He did practical work in Egyptology as a guest student at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2002/3). He is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists and runs Kass FM and Kass TV– the Kalenjiin language medium stations – from Washington, DC.

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