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Paul Tergat , a member of the Tugen

The Tugen , also Tuken , with 144,000 (1987) are a small ethnic group that lives in Kenya in the Baringo County around the Tugen Hills. They belong to the Kalendjin ethnic group ; here, in turn, they are counted among the highland nilots , which include the Nandi , Marakwet , Pokot and Kipsigis .

Ex-President Daniel arap Moi was born near the capital of the Tugen, Kabarnet . Together with the Nandi, the Tugen make up most of Kenya's famous long-distance runners. The Tugen are mostly cattle herders, and they are also famous for their skills as beekeepers .



  • Heike Behrend: The time of fire. Man and woman at the Tugen in East Africa. Qumran, Frankfurt, 1985, ISBN 3-88655-209-8
  • Heike Behrend: Time goes crooked ways. Space, time and ritual among the virtues in Kenya. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, 1987, ISBN 3-593-33850-5

Individual evidence

  1. Seppo Luhtala: Top distance runners of the century: motivation, pain, success: world-class Athletes tell . ( on Google Books )