Uganda Cultural Safari Walking In The Royal Steps Of Buganda Kingdom
Uganda is endowed with amazing culture but the kingdoms that make it up wrap up the beauties with in. During any Uganda safari holiday make it a point to visit any Kingdom like Buganda to have a moment into the ancient reality that makes the African society.
When you travel to Africa particularly Uganda to learn more about the undocumented secrets of Uganda’s cultural kingdoms you will be surprised by how enjoyable the experience is. Some of the kingdoms still stand and are slowly fussing ancient works with modernity so as to keep up to date.
The Unique Journey Into The Secret History Of Buganda
The Kings of Buganda are addressed as Kabaka but just like the royals everywhere he is entitled to have many wives from whom heirs to the Kingdom are selected. Currently, the Kabaka Of Buganda is called Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. He is believed to be the housing vessel of all spirits of Buganda.
How Buganda Kingdom Operates
Songs And Dances of Buganda
Music all over the world plays a great role in passing down knowledge to communities and Buganda is no exceptional. Traditional focal songs bare massage that is passed down to the local community.
These songs are still standing and passing messages to the local community. Even those that go to war need moral boosting, songs plus dances are some of the boosters.
Spiritual Healing in Buganda
The world is slowly transforming into using organic supplies where possible and herbals are taking president too. This comes after realizing that the body can be better sustained with naturally thriving supplies. The ancient people might not have attended school but they had this knowledge which the world is invoking.
Traditional religion believes in supreme creator and supreme human spirits like Musoke the god of rainbow. The culture is closely tied to the natural world and local herbs are widely used in traditional healing.
The Magic and Ritual Objects Of Buganda
Buganda Kingdom has a lot of royal regalia that is used by traditional healers and during the cultural performances. Some of them include spears, drums, guards, animal skins and so much more.
After the coming of religious groups, some of these items were considered impure to have but with time and advance in education all this has been overruled. It has also come to our knowledge that they are items that can help in conserving nature.
Ceremonial Cloth Of Buganda
Traditionally the back cloth stripped from the back of fig trees is stripped and wrapped in banana leaves and covered with cow dung. Later the back is pounded with a wooded hammer and slowly back cloth starts formulating.
After the coming of Arabs, cloth was introduced and the Back cloth was substituted with the current traditional wear which is the Kanzu and Gomasi
Buganda Kingdom Cultural Sites To Include In Uganda Safari Itinerary
Naggalabi Coronation ground Buddo During Uganda Safari
This is the historical site which is the heart of Buganda Kingdom. Based on history two brothers fought at Buddo and one of them called Kintu became victorious. A root like structure emerges from the ground at the point where Kingship energy is said to be thriving.
During the coronation ceremony some of these traditions are still being emulated and every step is followed. The Buddo area has traditional houses that are believed to be baring the Buganda spirits.
Bwanika house is a grass thatched traditional house where to be Kabaka is prepared for coronation.
Buganda House is also grass thatched where crowned Kabaka appoints his chiefs. This is a special place of ritual and worship.
Vist Katereke Prison in Buganda During Uganda Safari
The Kabaka is the political leader of Buganda Kingdom but every society has oppossers and bad characters. Just like recent prisons a ditch was dug around this prison and surrounded with thorny plants to prevent any escape
This traditional prison tells the story of violence and brutality in Buganda history. This prison came after dethroning some predecessor Kabakas Mwanga II and Kiweewa. When Kabaka Kalema took the throne he was overwhelmed by Kingship insecurities, he rounded up all the prices and princesses and killed them including the Queens in this prison.
This agony is represented by the still standing ground but is a representation of warrying times when Buganda Kingdom hang in balance.
Tour Wamala King’s Tombs During Uganda Safari
Its amazing how the ancient kings who were illiterate carried out the political life style. The palaces are dispersed throughout the Buganda Kingdom and each King was buried in the palace where he spent the biggest time.
The Wamala tombs is where the Kabaka Suuna palace was located. During his reign, Kabaka Suuna was despotic and fierce. Just like the royals of the past he gave harsh punishments to his subjects including death.
Currently, a lot of ritual performances are being done to appease his spirit. All kings of Buganda are thought to disappear to everlasting life and not die. On several occasions there spirits are invoked.
Visit Namasole Kanyange Tombs During Uganda Safari
As a lovely son, Kabaka Suuna built his mother’s palace close to his so that he could keep his eyes on her. She is believed to have been a very influential woman in the kingdom and beautiful too.
He could not afford being separated from her so he set up a palace close to his. While here, you realize that it is like a link that connect mother and son forever.
Tour Ssezibwa Falls during Uganda safari
These traditionally sacred falls are believed to have been born. It is one of the most outstanding sites to Visit on your way to the source of the River Nile in Jinja. The river water stumbles and staggers upon underlying rocks to cast down a ridge forming amazing falls.
Several kings of Buganda have paid a visit to these falls like Kabaka Mwanga and Kabaka Mutebi II. To show there love for nature each of them has planted a tree that is believed to be a gift from the Kabaka to the spirits of the rivers.
The falls have spectacular picnic sights and several people also converge here to perform traditional rituals. Some think they can get good harvest when they appease the Gods of these falls, others want to give birth, get wealthy and so much more.
Tour the Nnamasole Baagalayaze Tombs During Uganda Safari
These tombs tell the story of rivalry and repression. This was the initial Palace of Kabaka Mwanga who is historically remembered for brutally killing the Uganda Martyrs.
During the colonial era Mwanga was exiled by the British to Seychelles where he died but buried in Kasubi tombs. His mother took on his palace. She was generous to give churches and mosques part of the land to build there institutions.
Upon her death she was buried in this place
Visit Mengo Kabaka Palace with Bulange Buganda Administrative Center
The Mengo Kabaka’s palace is the major palace in the kingdom. It was attacked by the President Obote regime sending the Kabaka of that time Kabaka Mutesa II into exile.
During the Uganda safari to this place, you learn about the history of this place plus the unbelievable political interference of the central government.
Its administrative building is called Bulange where all activities that keep the kingdom moving are found. The Buganda Parliament, the kingdom Television and radio and all other offices are located at this building.
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