Spatial Temporal Factors in Luo Traditional Religion: A Case Study of the Luo Homestead

  • Ogembo Jack O University of Kabianga
  • Abongo Christine
Keywords: Folklore Taboos, Luo Belief System, Luo Cultural Heritage, Religious Rituals, Sacred Objects


This paper investigates how the Luo of Kenya make homes according to time, space and the general topography of the landscape. These are the factors that determine the orientation and the alignment of the homestead which in turn are influenced by gravitational forces of nature. The location of the houses depends on a fixed pattern aligned to the cosmic dichotomy. The spatial and temporal order is controlled by nature and folklore taboos. For example, if one contravenes the sanctioned order and pattern, the family would be afflicted by incurable diseases that can only be remedied by correcting the disorder and realigning the structures. When such corrective measures are taken, they involve sacred objects and religious rituals that are conducted on sacred spots of the homestead at specific times. The study investigates the intersection between time, and space and how it resonates with Luo Cultural heritage. It would appear that the Luo home is adapting to fundamental physical laws that govern matter, space and time. The paper discusses how the Luo belief system makes them conform to a scheme controlled by the Solar system. And on this basis, the paper examines the Luo home as a temple in which peace is brought about by divination and land tenure is subjected to a formatted blue print that must remain constant. The study has been carried out by fieldwork survey and observation together with interviews and Focus Group Discussion. There was also library research to help with theorization, interpretation and analysis.

How to Cite
Jack O, O., & Christine, A. (2018). Spatial Temporal Factors in Luo Traditional Religion: A Case Study of the Luo Homestead. University of Kabianga Journal of Conference Proceedings, 1(1), 196-207. Retrieved from