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The "Ghost of Gedi''

Gedi ia a 12th Century mosque where the Mirhab and well have been excavated. Gedi is a ghalla word for Precious or the Name of the last Gall leader. It was deserted because of the nomadic ghalla from Somali advancing from the north. All the Afro-Arabs settlements from Juba river in Somali to Mtwapa were abandoned in the 19th century.
It is said that the Ghalla were in decline unable to hold out against the Somali and the Maasai.The Arabs from Lamu protected by the Zanzibari soldiers then reoccupied Malindi and many of the old sites at the coast. That’s why there are a lot of Arabs at the coast, and islam is the common religion their. According to Islamic custom, the dead cannot be disturbed and so the remains of the people have not been touched in all the tombs found. This is a must see if you visit Malindi all Vt Members!

Gedi or Gede forgotten for 50 years

Silent Trees stand sentinel to a Great empire that once was!
There are eight mosque in Gedi. The town had two walls built around it – the inner one was where the wealthy lived, the outer for the middle class and outside the walls
Lived the peasants in huts build from Makuti and wattle. It seems that The architecture was very superior even at that time. Gedi might have been "Kilimani" Meaning a place on the Hill as documented in the Map of Bertholet in 1639. Gedi was visited by Sir John Kirk, the British resident of in Zanzibar in 1884. It was forgotten for 50 years! there were chambers which had no windows or doors but a secret entrance from the roof tops, this is where the rich nobles used to keep their gold and jewels. The mystery still lives on because the Nobles did not flee for they had time to empty out the secret chambers in their houses because nobody has ever found any gold or preciuos stone. So was it outbreak of disease? Was it the fresh water wells dried up or were they attacked? Only the silent walls of the ruins tells the story!

The Great Gedi Mosque Wells

The Well of the Great mosque, if you look deep inside it looks like it stretches into the bowels of the earth. The well is about 50M deep, each and every mosque had Wells for performing ablutions.( Ablutions- is the cleaning of ones body that muslim do before going for prayers) Tohara is Swahili
There are remains of pillars that its believed to might have a pulley that draws water from the well, then flows into the conduit and into ablution tank. Its such a wonderful place to visit.

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