A History of the Isukha-Idakho Bullfighting in Western Kenya





Bullfighting, Cultural, Globalization, Idakho, Isukha, Modernization


The traditional sport of Isukha-Idakho bullfighting offers a glimpse into the enduring cultural history of the Isukha and Idakho people in western Kenya. This age-old custom, which has origins that go back many centuries, represents the resilience, prosperity, and cohesion of these communities. The Isukha and Idakho people's traditional identities are fundamentally shaped by bullfighting, which is a significant aspect of commemorating life events such as weddings and burials. Bullfighting in Isukha-Idakho has faced challenges from globalization, industrialization, and shifting societal dynamics throughout its history. The technique has faced several difficulties due to changes in agricultural operations, animal welfare concerns, and outside influences. Nevertheless, despite these challenges, the Isukha and Idakho people have proven to be resilient and adaptable, and they continue to work to preserve and chronicle their cultural legacy. Bullfighting-related community get-togethers have not only strengthened social ties but also had a significant impact on the economy and tourism. The history and cultural importance of Isukha-Idakho bullfighting are discussed, as well as the challenges that they face in preserving their cultural legacy.


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How to Cite

Chiteyi, L. I., Lusambili, K. M., & Ochieng, A. L. (2023). A History of the Isukha-Idakho Bullfighting in Western Kenya. African Journal of Empirical Research, 4(2), 1011–1018. https://doi.org/10.51867/ajernet.4.2.103