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Why the Gizzard is reserved for men?

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st August 2006 03:00 AM

Elvina Nawaguna reports that “Emondo Ya Papa” as it is called by tribes in Eastern Uganda and many Bantu tribes in Kenya, can only be eaten by a special guest or the man of the home.

Elvina Nawaguna reports that “Emondo Ya Papa” as it is called by tribes in Eastern Uganda and many Bantu tribes in Kenya, can only be eaten by a special guest or the man of the home.

In some cases, marriages have broken up because of the gizzard. And for this reason, the woman preparing chicken must guard the gizzard if she is to keep her marriage.

The gizzard is such a contentious issue. Once a preacher who was preaching said: “What God has put together, let no Emondo Ya Papa put asunder!”

Gereshom Hirome, a clan leader from Bunyole in Eastern Uganda, says the gizzard was proof that a real chicken has been slaughtered and not just another bird.

In other societies, in the absence of the guest, the gizzard is served along with the back, to the head of the home.

Among the Lugbara and Madi, chicken is also served on special occasions and the gizzard is reserved for whoever is the reason for the occasion. For instance, if it is welcoming a son back home, he will be the one to eat the gizzard.

The gizzard is a unique part of the chicken. Apart from the throat and back of a chicken, there are two identical parts of almost every edible parts of a chicken, but only one gizzard.

Unlike speculation that the gizzard has aphrodisiac properties, many older people say it was only reserved for the man of the home because it is tasty.

One man called Samwiri insists that it started out of the greed of men. Apparently, the men had to find an excuse for the gizzard to be reserved for them, and, therefore banned the women from eating it.

“The woman only touched the gizzard when preparing and serving it. Even if the father decided to give it out, it always went to the boys not the girls,” he says.

Why the Gizzard is reserved for men?

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