The Kalenjin riddles

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A typical Kalenjin kitchen setup.

Riddles are statements, questions, or phrases that have double or veiled meanings put forth as a puzzle to be tackled by the respondent. In the Kalenjin community, riddle teasing was common among children. It was a pastime activity for children especially late in the evening or during heavy rains. The following are some of the common riddles among the Kalenjin people;

RiddleAnswerEnglish equivalent
Obuk mabaKinaikBreast
  Kibir ng’weny Kichembe    Etyet  Bridge  
Nyigis akobo Nyong’i  RogoretDrinking straw
Kiamas chemunai kober kowet  Terait/ LekweletBicycle
Nyon kechut osnoni kecheng korgo kichang koligoSosuryetWild banana  
Birting/Kibirting  KorotikBlood
Chaabi lilei kobiro  KoetLiver
Itwole Keryeny kogasis Kosyom  KenutVessel  
Ibune oret nechabai anan nesingortot  Nechabai negoichoboe tugaSmooth path
Arwab ilat kerer ngweny  Mogombombetab eikPlough
Chepkulung kituiyo met  MagargarekLumps
Chepkugur mi oik  MuryatRat
Isurunen omo ominSerutNose
Kyawirte rungunyun kowawa emet    Wagat  Wailing
Kona kona chelogoiRetioRadio
Kutkuteni ilat koitin tui  Chebibichet  Whirlwind
Muraran kamasyan  Tugab labotSodom apple
Kilang’ot kapkanyun kot ang’otee tilaatil  Butekab konyekEyelashes
Kyowe kot kobiririt oret  BirechikAnts
Kyowe kot kolelit oret  KibunerekMushrooms
Mugulen akobo konut  MuguikTesticles
Kyochut anwa kwo soi  OretPath
Kyait goi iyoait goi iyo  KageruiyoSleep
Kirginyun kiptubtub minjeiwa  ChebutyetHairy caterpillar
Kigulng’yon boiyot en terik kot koit oli  ChebutyetHairy caterpillar
Oini akwoini  Chepkiswetswift
Ologun yon olok yu asiketuiyechin yun kemelgen eun  KumikHoney
Kitet-oi  KelekTeeth
Us ous keiyo  TamnetGoatee
Oini negolon amagole  ChepkomonThorn
Telel koech  ToloitaPillar
Sirasir tembwo  KiplekwaHare/rabbit
Telelen kiptildilyet ketitab iit asigogur chemunai en oik  SimoitTelephone
Kyait goi ko keringoon ait goi ko keringoonKiskisikBowls

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