Luo International Community
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The Joka-jok who were closely followed by Jo-k’Owiny. Jok’ Omolo came in third and the Luo Abasuba made the final arrival. The Luo Abasuba are as a result of intermarriage between the Luo and Ugandan Bantu. Currently, the Luo community has 26 sub groups. Luos, a Nilotic people, also live in smaller numbers in Uganda and Tanzania. In Kenya, the Luo reside in the regions around Lake Victoria. The Lango and Acholi tribes of Uganda are considered to be clans of the Luo tribe since their language is similar to the Luo language, Dholuo.
The Luo who are the subject of this essay settled in the Western part of Kenya somewhere around 1400-1500 C.E. The Luo are about 4 million in population, and make up a large portion of the western Kenyan population today. This leads us to …
This is good stuff, Luo education has dropped over the years because of poverty. Some of the Luos who were educated in the 80s upward may not even take their kids to high school because of lack of school fees and high cost of education. HIV/AIDS is another issue that has really affected our community coupled with collapsed sugar cane industry in the area.
For Luos living in rural areas, freshwater fishing in Lake Victoria is the most important economic activity. The fish are consumed locally while some, especially the Nile perch, are exported to Europe and other countries. Fish and ugali are the staple foods of the Luo tribe.
Luo people perform a total of about fourteen rituals for one deceased. All rituals
are performed only when elderly men died, and a certain number of rituals are omitted
depending upon age, sex, and marital status of the deceased. First, I will provide
a list of a series of rituals in successive order of their occurrence, and then explain
1) Death announcement
2) Vigil (budho)
3) Grave digging (kunyo)
4) Burial (iko)
5) Accompanying the spirit of the deceased to the former battleground (tero
6) Shaving (liedo)
7) Mourners’ departure for their houses (kee)
8) Serving a meal to the deceased and its family by married women (yaodhoot)
9) Serving a meal to the deceased and its family by married women (tedo)
10) Going to the former battleground with the spirit of the deceased (tero buru
11) Visiting the widow’s natal home (tero cholla)
12) Dividing articles left by the deceased (keyo nyinyo)
13) Remembrance (rapar)
14) Serving a meal to the family of the deceased by affines (budho)