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Start thinking about your experience. The Uganda cultural itineraries here are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration because your trip to visit the Batooro will be created around your particular tastes.

The Batooro inhabit the districts of Kabarole and Kasese. Their area has been infiltrated by many migrants from other parts of western Uganda, particularly the Bakiga.To their east live Banyoro; to their north are the Bamba and Bakonjo; to their southeast and west live Banyankore to their east live the Baganda.

There existed conflicting legends about the Batooro. One legend asserts that the Batooro are indigenous to Toro and that they originated from the Batembuzi and the Bagabu who are said to have been pioneer inhabitants and rulers of the earth.

Religion.

The Batooro had a concept of a supreme being Ruhanga. Ruhanga was believed to have created all things. He was believed to be a good and benevolent being who unless wronged could not do harm to the people. However, it was believed that the world was full of evil-doers; evil spirits and sorceresses who could employ their magic to undermine Ruhanga and cause disease, misfortune, barrenness, death and droughts or even bad weather.

Economy

The economy of Bunyoro was partly agricultural and partly pastoral. The Bahuma were agriculturalists while the Bairu were pastoralists. Cows were much valued by both groups and besides providing milk and beef, cattle were a symbol of wealth.

The Batooro cultivated millet, sorghum, bananas, peas and a variety of green vegetables. They also had local industries to produce iron complements such as spears, hoes, knives and arrowheads, bark-cloth and salt. Besides, they also had a number of potters who produced a variety of household utensils such as waterpots, beer pots and sauce pots.

The women were good at basket weaving and they produced a wide assortment of basketry such as winnowing trays, plate baskets, bags, harvesting baskets and several baskets for routine household work. The men constructed houses cleared bushes and hunted wild animals. Certain activities like hunting and house construction were done on a communal basis. House construction involved eating, drinking and dancing. Batooro built circular huts with grass-thatched roofs.

Political set-up

The Batooro had a centralized system of Government. Toro had until1830 been a part of Bunyoro. In 1830, Prince Kaboyo declared Toro independent of Bunyoro and recognized it as another Kingdom.

At the head of the Kingdom was a king known as Omukama, the first being Kaboyo Kansunsunkwanzi, the actual founder of the Kingdom. He was succeeded by his son Nyika who was in turn succeeded by Kasagama. Kasagama ruled until he was dethroned by Kabalega but was later reinstated in1891 by sir Lugard an agent of the imperial British East African Company (IBEA Co) which was trying to extend British Imperialism to Uganda. The King was hereditary and he had to be from the Babiito dynasty which was ruling Bunyoro. He was assisted b a hierarchy of chiefs and a standing army. But in times of war, all able-bodied men would be called upon to serve in the defence of the Kingdom. The chiefly regalia included drums, iron forks, spears, wooden spoons, chairs, crowns, beads, axes and knives.

what you will do:

  • Traditional music and dance of South Western Uganda performed in the evening
  • Learn traditional fishing techniques – this should be a lot of fun
  • Watch and learn how milk is processed – it all starts with milking, and you can assist.
  • A Nighttime Campfire experience with stories of od and bull roasting for a taste of the lowest-in-cholesterol beef, yet tender. There is also storytelling at the campfire.
  • Take nature walks through animal husbandry
  • Experience the tradition of homestead crop cultivation and food processing
  • Bird watching walks
  • Visit a local School
  • Visit the broader community -often referred to by its function – trading centre.

Start thinking about your experience. The Uganda cultural itineraries here are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration because your trip to Visit the Batooro will be created around your particular tastes.

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