The Rendille people neighboring Gabbra, Turkana and Samburui tribe inhabite Marsabit County between Marsabit hills and Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya They (Rendile) consist of nine clans and seven sub clans. The Rendille people are culturally similar to the Gabbra. They are semi-nomadic that depend on camel for food, transport and hides. The original home of the Rendille people was in horn of Africa.
Rendille people have maintained a good relationship with their neighbors Samburu intermarrying. The intermarriage between Rendille and Samburu has led to a hybrid cultures along the great northern highway that connects Cairo in Egypt with Cape Town in South Africa. Their similarities with the Jews are evident from their cultural ceremonies like Sorio (Passover) which is an Old Testament Jewish tradition.
Rendille people are very religious people who believe in Wakh (God). They also practice many magical traditional rituals involving their animals like camels and sheep. They also seek for assistance from community elders and community sorcerous and magicians.
Rendille community is well defined by the age-sets. The series of generational Age-sets are defined by the circumcision ceremony which is takes place after every seven to fourteen years. In most Kenyan communities practices the first stage of initiation is circumcision. In Rendille community men have various stages of warrior-hood but women are either married or unmarried.
To help understand Rendille people age set Medianorth has carried a research and presents you with Rendille people age-set with the year of circumcision and the marriage year. This list covers age-sets from 1825-2018.
Below is the list of the Rendille Age-set, Period and Events.
Age-set Year of Circumcision Marriage
1.Irbaandif 1825 1836
2.Ilkibugg (Teeria) 1839 1850
3.Libable 1853 1864
4.Dibgudo 1867 1878
5.(Teeria) 1881 1892
6.Irbaangudo 1895 1908
7.Difgudo 1909 1920
8.(Teeria) 1923 1934
9.Libaale 1937 1948
10.Irbaadif 1951 1962
11.Difgudo (Ilkichili) 1965 1970
12.Libaale (Ilkiroro) 1979 1990
13.Irbaandif (Ilmooli) 1993 2004
14.Ilmetili 2007 2018