Uganda’s Cultural Traits

Wellofexcellence | March 6, 2019 | 8 | Uncategorized

Uganda’s Cultural Traits
The Ugandan culture is made up of various ethnic groups like the Bantu, Nilotics and others like the Nilo-hamites or plain Nilotes. These groups form a large array of tribes for instance; the Bantu are associated with tribes like the Baganda, Banyankole, Bachiga, Bamasaba and many more others. The culture of all these tribes is attributed to their origin. For instance, the Bantu are believed to have come into Uganda from the Northern boundary through L.Kyoga. The Bantu speaking tribes greatly dominate the Eastern, Central, Western and South Western parts of Uganda. However, the Northern part of Uganda is greatly dominated by the Nilotics who are made up of tribes like the Lango and Acholi people, some of the Nilotics are scattered in the Eastern parts of Uganda like the Iteso and Karamojongs. In Uganda, one cannot speak about culture and forget to mention the most dominant tribes like the Baganda, Banyankole, Iteso and Basogas. These tribes have established their cultural prowess with exciting traits that are very educative to both academicians and anthropologist. Actually, the Kingdom has allocated a site to which most cultural elements are stored for future reference. The cultural background in Buganda Kingdom is known as “amasiro” also known as Kasubi Tombs where elements of tradition are stored.
Conversely, Uganda’s culture can be discussed objectively siting the most notable areas that include the dress code, food and social engagement. Other item through which the Ugandan culture is identified is through a wide range of art and craft. For instance, papyrus reeds, wood, and other local materials like tree bark. These materials are used to make clothes like “backcloths” which is made from “mutumba tree”. Beads, wood carvings and batiks are just some of the few outputs from the materials mentioned. However, it is important to know that tribes in Uganda have different cultural traits though they do not differ greatly. For instance, Baganda cultural norms suggest that “kanzus” and “Gomesi” are the official dress code for specifical functions like “okwanjula” literally meaning an introduction ceremony. The introduction ceremony initiates two couples into marriage. On the other side, the Banyankole have their “kuhingira” ceremony literally meaning introduction where the “ankole traditional wear” is used as the main cloth. Other tribes have now incorporated the dress code of other tribes into their own settings like the samias, Bagisu or Bamasaba use the Baganda traditional wear. These are some of the features through which the Ugandan culture manifests.

By Sharon Esther.

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haron Esther is a third year student at Makerere University. Uganda. A personal development coach who loves to make impact in the lives of the youth.

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