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Uganda Culture & History

Uganda culture and history:

Uganda is primarily structured by a rough cross line of the Kyoga Lake that separates the southern Bantu speakers from the northern Nilotic and central Sudanic language speakers.

The linguistic character tends to fairly stretch from the northwest to south east more less along the Nile River.

Differences between these inhabitants are expressed in terms of physical appearance, bodily adornment; clothing and general mannerisms though most of these are disappearing

The Bantu people seem to have penetrated southern Uganda at the end of the first millennium and by 15th or 16th century; they had come up with centralized Monarchism.

Bantu  are either described as Eastern lacustrine with Basoga and Baganda leading other smaller groups or Western Lacustrine that include the Banyankole, Banyoro, Batooro and other small groups.

The Nilotic seem to have penetrated northern Uganda about C.E 1000 and believed to be the early cattle keepers in the region who also practiced cultivation.

These people include; the Karamojong and Iteso well vast with Eastern Nilotic languages, and the Langi,Alur, andAcholi well vast with Western Nilotic languages. The central Sudanic dialects are found among the Madi, Lugbara and other small groups in west Nile.

On a general note, most of Ugandans over 65 tribes are traditional farmers who keep various animals and grow a range of crops most of which are for home consumption.

They have strong cultural values that differ in each ethnic setting and most of these are still alive and thus capable of being encountered on Uganda safari.

The culture is very unique with a lot of safari offerings ranging from the largest organized tribes like Baganda with their famous Kasubi tombs, Nagalabbi coronation site and the Royal palace to the medium sized groups like the Bagisu with their unique Imbalu (Circumcision) ceremony and Kadodi dance to the minority and marginalized Batwa – hunter gatherer culture well known for their forest life.

The culture in Uganda is diverse but the common thing about them is that they are hospitable and friendly to every one – a reason to make undertake safari in Uganda.