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What are the functions of the orkoiyot among the Nandi up to the 19th century?

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Functions of the Orkoiyot among the Nandi up to the 19th century include;

  • Presided over religious functions like offering sacrifices.
  • Advised the council of elders on matters of daily running of the community
  • He was the overall political leader of the community
  • Advised worriers and blessed them before going to the battle.
  • Arbitrated on cases brought to him by clan council of elders.
  • Foretold the future.
  • Consulted when disaster like drought and diseases struck.
  • Was chief medicine man of the community.