The Karamojong culture in uganda
Uganda cultural safari,The karamojong are an ethnic community and indigenous residents of kaabong, kotido, Amudat, Napak. Moroto, Abim and Nakapiripirit districts of northeastern Uganda. They are traditionalists who take a lot of pride in their culture and custom.
The karamojong are descendants of Nyangatom of Ethiopia: a nomadic pastoralist community who migrated south around 1600 AD in search of permanent grazing lands and water for their livestock. Along the migration these groups split and one of the groups migrated to Kenya along the shores of Lake Turkana and acquired the name Turkana. The Turkana intermarried with the earlier settlers in the area and their offspring’s are Maasai and kalenjin.
The second group continued and settled into the current south Sudan, the Jie and Toposa of Sudan. They are cousins of the Jie who continued moving further south into Uganda. The groups of people mentioned as have many things in common: some words in their language, keep large herds of livestock, live a nomadic lifestyle, similarity in traditional wear, they have body marks that signify a hidden message and their customs and ceremonies have things in common amongst them.
The youths amongst the Jie of Uganda continued their nomadic lifestyle venturing further south in search of fresh pastures for livestock and water for their animals. Their elderly parents were tired of constant movements, so they opted to settle in their current regions. The Jie youths in their language ridiculed their elders” ekar imojong” meaning the old men are tired and cannot walk any further. The Jie youth intermarried with the itesot of Eastern Uganda. The karamojong speak a language called Nga Karamojong and their traditional culture called Nagi Karamojong.
They harbor foreign interference with their traditional lifestyle and view new trends in life, education, travel, technology, dress and fashion, housing, medicine, religion and many others as an unnecessary inconvenience.