A Cultural Guide to the Luo People

A Cultural Guide to the Luo People

5 Pages · 2013 · 401 KB · English

A Cultural Guide to the Luo People Introduction Around the sixteenth century, the ancestors of the Luo began migrating from the Bahr al-

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A Cultural Guide to the Luo People Introduction Around the sixteenth century, the ancestors of the Luo began migrating from the Bahr al- Ghazal region, south of the Nile, finally settling on the eastern side of the Lake Victoria basin. They continued arriving in a steady stream until the nineteenth century. Practitioners of pastoralism, they spoke a western Nilotic language known as DhoLuo, which is distinct from the language spoken by their neighbors. Currently, the Luo are the third most populous tribe in Kenya, comprising over 13% (2.8 million) of the country’s population and many of its most influential intellectual and political minds. Due to the supra -national states created during the scramble for Africa by European colonists in 1884 -85, there is also a significant number of Luo people living in neighboring Uganda and Tanzania. Culture Culture permeates the daily life of the Luo. From the name one receives at birth, to the placement of one’s

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