BUGANDA AND ITS CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
by najjuka jackie
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Buganda is located in the south-central region of the country known today as Uganda. This is right in the heart of Africa, astride the equator, and at the source of the great river Nile. The people of Buganda are referred to as Buganda (the singular form is Muganda), their language is referred to as Luganda, and they refer to their customs as Kiganda customs. Sometimes the generic term Ganda is used for all the above (especially by foreign scholars). Buganda is home to the nation's political and commercial capital, Kampala; as well as the country's main international airport, Entebbe and it’s headed by the Kabaka (king) Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. Buganda. In Buganda kingdom lays the following tourist attractions; kasubi tombs, katereka prison ditch, naggalabi coronation site, wamala tombs, namasole kanyange tombs, bagaalaze namasole tombs and ssezibwa fall.
The kasubi tombs are traditionally known as Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga and are where the four Kabakas (kings of Buganda kingdom) are buried. Kasubi Tombs are adorned with royal regalia like spears, drums, a stunned leopard, medals, photographs and shields of the kabakas buried there. The structure is supported by wooden poles wrapped in backcloth and the floor covered with grass and palm leaves mats. Backcloth traditionally popular for clothing is a fabric made from the soft back of a fig tree (Ficus natalensis) and has a strong ritual importance to the people of Uganda.
Katereke Prison Ditch
Katereke Prison was dug by Kabaka Kalema in the late 19th Century. It is a unique relic from a particularly unstable and violent period in Buganda History. Today it is an attractive peaceful and shaded site comprising a circular ditch enclosing an area of about 70 meters in diameter. The ditch and bank are impressive earth works about 10 meters from the Top to bottom. Katereke prison ditch is a 30 minutes drive from Kampala past Buddo on Masaka road. This ditch is believed to have been used by the kabaka as a killing place for those who were disloyal to Him.
Naggalabi Coronation site
Naggalabi Buddo is where the Kabakas of Buganda have been crowned for the past 700 years. It is said that Buganda accession ceremonies take place on Buddo Hill because it was there that Kintu the first kabaka of Buganda killed his brother Bemba and declared himself King in the 13th century. It is the most important single site in Ganda culture and lies in the heart of the Buganda Kingdom. The coronation of Ssabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, took place at Naggalabi on 31st July 1993. The site is very pleasant with a panoramic view of the surrounding country side.
Set on a Hilltop with beautiful surroundings. Wamala Tombs is the sacred burial place of kabaka Suuna II (1836-1856), who had 148 wives and 218 children. Suuna was the last King to be buried in his own Palace and the last to have his jaw bone removed after death. He was also the first king to admit outside traders into Buganda. A magical but almost forgotten place, Wamala Tomb is quite simply unique.
Nnamasole Kanyange Tombs
Kanyange Nnamasole Tombs are located on the Hillside looking across a valley to Wamala Tombs. The Tomb houses the body of Nnamasole Kanyange, the mother of kabaka Suuna II who is buried at Wamala Tombs. It also houses the body of subsequent Nnamasoles. The Tombs are an important place for rituals and ceremonies and contain a special sacred drum used for calling Suuna’s Spirit. An historic walk to the impressive Wamala tombs retraces the steps that Kanyange and Suuna followed to visit each other.
Baagalayaze Namasole Tombs
This site houses the tomb of Nnamasole Baagalayaze, the mother of Kabaka MwangaII, who died in 1916. She is revered by the local community as a very generous person. Now the tombs and its enclosure has become a cultural centre that celebrates the people and history of Buganda. Visitors can enjoy traditional performances (Music, dance and drama), try their hands at arts and craft and hear vivid stories about the kingdom and Kabakas of Buganda.
The beautiful and spiritual Ssezibwa falls have long been the favorite of the Kabakas. Here the “black- river water” tumbles over the rocks into the pool below and a traditional healer performs ceremonies for those seeking love, children, a good harvest, or successful business deal. It is said that Kabaka Mwanga 11 planted a giant tree here to show his respect for the falls and MuteesaII planted another. Both trees are regarded as sacred gifts from the Kabakas.These falls are also believed to have twin sister called Musamya River found in kayunga district.
Najjuka is a Uganda safari consultant
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