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Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Baby with wanja applied
Wanja is applied to a babies face to hide the beauty face of the baby, it
is done intentionally to avoid people recognizing the baby's face.
How Wanja is prepared
is prepared from an item called ‘pefu ya moto’. Pefu ya moto is burnt and the
smoke is collected in a small plate, then put in a special bottle.
It is then
applied with a thin metal stick. When applying on the eyes, it is good to apply
when it is a little warm. The warmth helps to cure the eyes diseases.
Wanja Metal Stick
Muslims believe wanja protect someone from
jealousy (ni dawa ya husda), and is applied by all Muslims in the world. Different countries and cultures have different
kinds of wanja.
It is mainly applied by women and is sunna for men because
Prophet Mohammed used to apply wanja.
The wanja from ‘pefu ya moto’ is pure
wanja, and it is the wanja which was used during prophet-hood. This Wanja is pure because it is not mixed with any chemical.