Two GVI staff members were invited by the Chairman of Friends of Shimoni Forest to visit a couple of the scared Kaya's that have been part of the human landscape in Shimoni forest for hundreds of years. In addition to the biological value, Shimoni forest holds cultural value to the Digo and other Mijikenda tribes that live along the coast. The traditional inhabitants of these areas still practice ancient rituals and ceremonies at the Kaya's located deep within the forest. These Kaya's are the ancient burial grounds of their ancestors and offerings in the form of gifts, prayers and sacrifices are given to the spiritual inhabitants of the Kaya's, which have been passed down through generations and are of utmost importance to their users.
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