Giriama

Giriama

The Giriama (also called Giryama, Kigiriama, or Kigiryama) are one of the nine ethnic groups that make up the Mijikenda (which literally translates to "nine towns"). The Mijikenda occupy the coastal strip extending from Lamu in the north to the Kenya/Tanzania border in the south, and approximately 30 km inland. The Giriama are among the largest of these ethnic groups. They inhabit the area bordered by the coastal cities of Mombasa and Malindi, and the inland towns or Mariakani and Kaloleni. The nine Mijikenda sub-"tribes" speak closely related dialects of the same Bantu language, which in turn is very similar to the more widely known Swahili. The Giriama grow crops to sell and keep subsistence agriculture.

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