The author gathered them in interviews with more than 100 of the Meru’s oldest men and women. The traditions touch on every era of the Meru past. They include narrations, songs, chants and childhood riddles. They tell of a mysterious origin, past enslavement, despairing flight, mountain warriorhood, British conquest, and the fight for freedom. The Meru elders speak of urogi, or witchcraft – the incantations rituals, and potions used to deal with the supernatural aspects of Meru life.