land-The Interwoven Fabric of the Cultural, Biological ,Economic and the Social
In may view, land means the colourful, interwoven fabric of the cultural , biological, social and economic.Visiting my relatives in the rural area reinforces the notion that land is cultural.In my rural home upon visit, I mingle with uncles, aunts, cousins etc.This helps to strengthen my cultural identity and a sense of belonging.It also strengthens the kinship bond, that is this are my family members .
Land is economic because it produces food for sale, produce from land are sold in the local market and my relatives get a source of income.Land is biological because when we consume food grown on land , it helps in the formation of cells and thus is a source of life.
Land is social because through construction of houses, villages emerge, within the villages there are clans where people are members.For instance , personally I belong to the Ombunya clan, and through land ownership , we reinforce the identity of the clan, we are referred to as Jok'Ombunya that is the Ombunyas.
To me land is thus the interwoven fabric of the cultural, biologocal, economic and the social
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