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The Giriama(Agiryama) people are Bantus living along the coastal areas of kenya mostly found in the Kilifi and Malindi district. They are of the nine ethic groups that makeup the mijikenda and they are the largest of these ethic groups. The Giriamas were largely farmers, hunters and gatherers. Today they are mainly cultivators growing crops which include maize, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, cowpeas, watermelons, pumpkin and a number of fruits such as mango, cashew nuts, pawpaw, and coconuts.

They have the richest diversity of leafy vegetables, wild fruits, wild mushrooms and edible insects in the country. The Giriama are largely social, leaving in extended families though recently the trend seems to be dropped. They live in Makuti thatched houses. The Giriama were originally traditionalist, believing in idols, called the Koma. The koma was a curves piece of wood, and the eldest of them that have already gone before them was represented with a bigger piece of wood called the Kigango. They used to sacrifice at the Koma, nearly on weekly basis.

Sacrifices included Alcohol (the tradiational Mnazi) which is palm wine. When trouble befalls a family, they would sometime go to sacrifice by the koma side, sometimes porridge and blood would be used. The Giriama however, are now largely migrating from these believes and majorities have become Christians, with some few becoming Muslims but they also believed in witchcraft.

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