Uganda cultural heritage

Uganda has a very strong; cultural heritage. Many regions in Uganda;have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Ugandans are remarkably hospitable and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles Each tribe has its own traditional dance; The banyankole perform their Kitagururo dance, the Banyoro have their Runyege, Acholi have the Bwora and Otole dances. The Alur people from the West Nile have the traditional Agwal dance,Bagisu have the Imbalu dance during circumcision ceremonies.

Culture and traditions are also expressed through a wide range of arts and Crafts made from wood,Papyrus reeds and local materials. These include black smithimplements,beaded Jewellery, wood carvings and batiks.They can be found all over the city in village bazaars, gift shops,hotels, Urban galleries and the National Theatre Craft Market. While on your Travel in Uganda or safari, consider taking on a cultural tour to the known destinations.

The Ugandan Drum:

The Drum being the common instrument in Africa, also dominates Uganda in symbolism to African culture.A drum is made from animal skin of Cows, goats, and other animals.We use drums to send particular messages to the intended audience, In ritual ceremonies, last funeral rites, traditional worship, king installation,exorcism,circumcision and also drums are used for entertainment, different drumming techniques are used by each tribe.

CULTURAL SITES IN UGANDA

Kasubi Tombs

These royal tombs in Kampala are located 5 kilometers from Kampala the capital on Kasubi hill. The Kasubi tombs are a very important cultural site in Buganda Kingdom. It is a UNESCO heritage place and the tombs are burial grounds for 4 Kings of the Buganda Kingdom referred to as ‘Kabaka”. This significant location in Buganda Kingdom takes a dome-like shape. A lot of royalty and respect is paid to this site. For many centuries, ancient Ganda rituals have been performed in this place. It holds numerous historical treasures of the Kingdom of Buganda. It is a place worth visiting while in Uganda.

The Sezibwa Falls.

These spiritual and impressive falls hold a unique status to the Baganda people. For ages, this place has been a favorite spot the Buganda Kings. The Sezibwa falls are found in Mukono district at the far border of Kyagwe & Bugerere kingdom-parishes, in the Eastern part of the Kingdom. The falls hold too much spiritual significance. Mutesa II and Mwanga who both were former kings, are believed to have “tied” twins from here. Other than their cultural significance, the spectacular waterfalls are a fine location for rock climbing, bird watching, healing, watching the waterfalls and cultural dances.

Mparo Tombs:

found in Hoima; theses are situated on Hoima Masindi road. The Mparo tombs are burial grounds for kings in the Bunyoro Kingdom. One of the most outstanding graves for the Omukama- a title for their kings, in this place is that of the Omukama Kabalega grave who was a very historic strong cultural leaders in Uganda.

Namugongo Shrine

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine: This Uganda martyrs’ shrine is a very vital attraction in Uganda’s history. It is at this place where twenty-two catholic Christian converts were brutally executed following the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in the year 1886.At this place touristic shrines have been erected by the Roman Catholic Church Christians and the Church of Uganda, and annually pilgrimages are made to this place. The victims of Mutesa’s brutality were canonized in 1869.
Baker’s Fort in Patiko; this fort is situated 32 kilometers north of the town of Gulu in Patiko sub county. The fort was founded by an early explorer in this country –Baker. This striking stone structure is a birthright of Baker’s outstanding work against slavery in this area.

Karambi Tombs located in Fort Portal; these tombs are located along Kasese road 5 km from Kasese town and are a burial place for Kasagama and Rukidi III. These tombs are historically important to the Toro Kingdom.

Nakayima Tree:

Supported by a very large and strong root buttresses found in Mubende hill. This tree that is claimed to have been planted by Nakayima, a wife to Ndahura (a local ruler of the BacweziNdahura) dates over four hundred years ago. It is from this tree that residents seek local herbs and blessings besides thanking the gods or communicating their problems to them. Ndahura is claimed to have settled around this area for so many years before handing over the ownership to one of his sons identified as Wamala.

Nakayima tree is so far the most famous attraction on Mubende Hill up to now and is claimed to hold the spirit of Ndahura (the god of small pox), reason why it has stayed existent for all the years. The tree got it’s name after a series of traditional practices like witchcraft besides naming it after the person who planted it, Nakayima (Ndahura’s wife).

Nakayima is also claimed to have had mystic powers that made her able to restore smallpox victims to full health by treating them. She would also treat other diseases that wouldn’t be treated by any other herbalists around the community besides blessing barren women with children.

Nyero Rocks:

situated in Kumi district that you would probably want to unmask. The 3 rock shelters in Kumi district contain rock paintings that date centuries of years back, probably could have been written in the stone age era. These are the famous Nyero Rock paintings, an attraction that gathers scores annually.