Birth and initiation into adulthood in relation to baptism and confirmation among the Amalagolu of Kenya
There is an outcry by parents, Educators, Politicians and the Clergy about the deterioration of moral standards in Kenya. One of the responses to this situation has been the Introduction of the African Heritage Course in the School and College Curricula with the objective of helping students to appreciate traditional values. This aspect of the Curriculum has made a great impact in the schools, thus necessitating further research on various ethnic communities in this country. This study is about Birth and Initiation Into Adulthood in relation to Baptism and Confirmation among the Avalogooli of Western Kenya. The Avalogooli of Kenya had their own traditional beliefs and practices that were observed before the coming of the European/missionaries in this area. In this study, the History, Economy, and Religious reliefs of the Logooli people are studied as they were practiced before the arrival of the European missionaries When the European missionaries arrived in Maragoli, they proclaimed Christianity while looking down upon the Logooli i beliefs and practices. One such aspect that is studied in this work is the history, theological development and Continuity of the two sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, with special reference to the Roman Catholic Church in f Maragoli. It is emphasized that the Christian Sacraments are closely linked with the Logooli rites of passage. Hence, some parallels are drawn between Baptism and Birth rites on viii one hand. A similar relationship study is made between Initiation Into Adulthood and Confirmation. It is noted that the Incorporation of the traditional African practices in the church is a positive attempt to the understanding of certain Christian teachings in the contemporary Kenyan Society. Such similar researches when carried out by both the clergy and the laity will be of great value in bridging the 9aP between the traditional African beliefs and practices, and the Christian teachings.