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Drum as a symbol of power:
The traditional ruler was “weng’oma” (the one of the drum). His duties were to protect and to care of the country; to prevent wars; and to stop fighting; and to bring peace and harmony among the people. The weng’oma was neither a war leader, a rainmaker nor a magician; he was not a sacrificial priest. He had to give his consent before his people could go to war. He had his elders who discharged the functions of foretelling the future, rain-making and officiating at sacrifices.
The weng’oma had also adjudicators whom he empowered to settle disputes. He did not judge cases himself. His basic function was to take care of the “ing’oma” (drum). People usually gave him beer, foodstuffs and meat. The legal proceeds were also his. However, he was not given any cattle, goats or sheep.

The weng’oma was usually elected by the entire community from among reputable personalities. The weng’oma wore the skins of a calf and of the “indibiri”; he also had a leather band of the skin of a certain animal resembling a camel. In addition, he had a spear and a sword. When he died, he was buried naked in the doorway in a lying position.

The drum is the ultimate symbol of power seen here on display at the annual Maragoli cultural festival The Drum in the Maragoli Cultural Festival

Unique totemism: The drum as a symbol of power is distinctly Maragoli. The ruler of other clans or sub tribes of Abaluhya wore a copper bracelet and a cowry-shell head dress as a symbol of authority.

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