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2014.05.15

Kuku culture

My name is Emmanuel Kenneth Duku I work for JEN an Administration Officer, in this article I am writing about my tribe culture. My tribe is called (KUKU) and our land is called Kajo Keji, it is located in the southern part of the country and it has five administrative payam namely (Kangapo 1, Kangapo 2, Lire, Liwolo, Nyepo), the name kajo keji is given to the land of Kuku (Kajo Keji county) after a tribe chief called (kajok – Koji).
Kuku is a part of a larger group called Bari in Central Equatoria State with an approximately number of 542,000.

We speak the same dialogue as Bari with differences in the pronunciation and it’s called KUKU dialogue it can also be written and it has 27 alphabets.

A E I O U Ö – B D G J K L – M N P R S T – W Y ’B ’D Ý Ŋ – NY GB KP 

The tribe main economic falls on agriculture, majority the families depends of farming in the villages and the crops are mainly millet, maize, rice and vegetables, we also care of cattle’s (sheep’s, goats and cows). Other products made are knives and spears used for hunting, drums are also made for preforming songs also gourds, flutes are made.   

There are different types of dance depends on the occasion if there is drought young men of the tribe dance for the rain to come and it comes and people farm and harvest then people also dance to show our happiness and thank to the almighty God. In funerals there is a type of dance too whereby the family of the late dance to show their grief. Kuku also love and write songs they are usually from true stories and animals are widely used to describe characters, as for the kids they normally listen to stories that are told by elders. Today in the village we wear modern cloth, but in the past cloths are made from animals skins and trees fibres and they only used for covering sensitive places in the human body.

As for the beauty women wear earrings made from metal and men make scars in their body as a sign being a man so that women recognise and like you but the scares part of doesn’t apply for females and they are not allowed to do so.  As a followed practice normally men go hunting during the day and women spend most of their time working at farming and other chores, females would come back home earlier than men to start cooking for the kids at home, young boys and girls go get water from the water point, young men are normally though by their fathers and elders how to hunt and ladies are thought by their mother how to cook and tread their husbands.

A person is given highest respect   if he is wealthy having money or animal but generally respect goes to the elders followed by young men and lastly women and kids. Few signs of respect to the elderly people are that they are to handle solving of problems at their houses level and in the community their words are listen to and followed. Marriage processes are a very long process whereby the family goes to another community boma and find a girl with a good background, it used to be ancestry and behaviours but now education is included and when the chosen girl has a bad background then the family will move to another village looking for a better respectful girl with a good background then the family would learn about their behaviours and if the family of the bride agrees then the marriage will officially start, previously a girl has nothing to say if her parents and elders agreed but now there should be an agreement from both sides, dowries are normally paid in form of cash and animals .

In the community most decisions are made by the elders and if there is a conflict and loss of souls then the solution is the elders have to sit down and discuss a better solution and for crimes like murder normally after forgiveness then the person must pay animal such as sheep`s cows and goats sometime a piece of farm which will be given to the family that lost their person, Some of the community rules, among the others, are to give respects one another and to keep privacy each other.



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May 15, 2014 in South Sudan |