Day 18 is very tough for me not because I don’t know about my culture but the scope of the whole African setting and diversity. I don’t believe one can read about culture of a certain place or people. Don’t think it is one of those excuses from a lazy blogger. But it’s a fact culture is to be experienced and felt.
Am a Muganda/Ganda from the Buganda Kingdom. The kingdom of the Ganda people, Buganda is the largest of the traditional kingdoms in Uganda located in the Central Region, including the Capital Kampala. In Buganda only the number of traditional dances that depict the culture of arts and performance are so many that on every ceremony there is a different dance done by a specific clan.
The clan system is on thing I think is special about my culture and would make the focal point of my blog today. The clan in Buganda represents a group of people who can trace their lineage to a common ancestor and it is central to the Ganda culture. In the customs of Buganda, lineage is passed down along the same lines and the most important unit in Buganda’s culture is the clan.
A child takes up his father’s clan, and each of the 50 clans today have each specific names that identify the members. So the clan in Buganda forms a large extended family. Members of the same clan regard each other as brothers and sisters regardless of how far they are in terms of actual blood ties. Out of the about 7 million Buganda you can’t marry from your clan or your mother’s clan if you are to marry someone from Buganda.
A formal introduction of a Muganda includes his own names, the names of his father and paternal grandfather, as well as a description of the family’s lineage within the clan that it belongs to.
Am from the Nvubu Clan (Hippopotamus) is my main totem and minor is Enjovu(Elephant).
There are other things to talk about the many cultures that are Unique to Uganda, the dressing, the food, the marriage ceremonies that differ from every corner of this small country.
And if am not mistaken we don’t have the term “no thank you” when you are offered a meal. You mention it and the table will be prepared.
It’s not true women don’t eat chicken in Buganda, they used to do it out of love for their husbands and children who were many to feed on one small bird.
I have not even shared 30% of the clan system of one tribe but basically that’s about a small potion of my culture.