Sacred Sites in Mfangano Island

A total of 36 different types of sacred sites exist in Mfangano Island of which 19 are still intact and can be located.

Though the other 17 can be described as extinct, their history is still told today by elders. Most of the sites are linked to rain making traditions and represents the link between the people and God.

The local people believe that the sacred groves for example, warn the people of the impending danger, usually by producing a distinct noise or by having a fog overcast.

The community would then acknowledge the warnings and appease the spirits through offerings of animal sacrifices.

The sacred forests are also ancestral landmarks that instill discipline and unity among the local people, the Abasuba.