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Things Done By Luhyas When Slaughtering a Chicken

WikiLeaksKE 11/28/2020

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Sample process of chicken slaughtering /PHOTO/Billy Miya

Chicken is one of the birds that are much valued by Luhya people. Serving a Luhya with chicken stew is a sign of respect.

For that reason, most Luhyas serve their visitors with chicken stew as a sign of valuing them and considering them very important.

In other sub-tribes like Bukusu which is mostly found in Bungoma County, some visitors cannot be served with chicken.

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For instance, their daughter's husband cannot enjoy a chicken meal if he is not paid the dowry to the family.

Process of preparing chicken from slaughtering to cooking it

A chicken is slaughtered with some respect in Luhya. First, a small hole is made on the ground before the slaughtering is done.

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It is believed that blood from the chicken is celebrated by dead family members, the ancestors for that matter, which is the reason for making a hole on the ground that collects bloodshed.

More so, it also believed that other chickens drinking the blood is a sign of bad omen in the family, for that, the whole is covered with soil once the process is done.

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Step on its wings and legs

Stepping on the chicken is another step that is seriously emphasized so that the slaughtered chickens does not jump up and down when its head is cut. It is believed that other chicken seeing one of their members dying a painful death leads them to stress, thus affecting their health.

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Hole is then covered

Removing the feathers

When removing the feathers, the chicken is also examined for injuries and how its toes look like. Injuries are examined so that you do not end up eating a chicken bitten with a snake, and carrying the poison.

When the chicken's claws are closed, it is said to be a bad omen to the family, in most cases, it cannot be eaten.

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