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Winter Blogging Challenge. Winter ABC 2020 #14 One Cultural Aspect In My Community.

My surname is Kinene (means big. Don’t ask me why that name) 😄. I am from the Lugave (pangolin) clan, a Muganda from the Buganda tribe, the biggest in Uganda. So, with toady’s challenge, I am supposed to pick something from my culture and talk to you about it. Be my guest.
Allow me take the bragging rights first of all. Buganda is one if not the only culture in Uganda that emphasizes kneeling down of women for men or elders as a sign of respect. This is taught and
emphasized from the very young age so the females grow up in it and with it. On the other hand, it is
unheard of for a male to kneel as he would be considered a weakling. Well, in today’s westernized world, we have accepted a few norms like, when proposing. Ha-ha. I can’t imagine proposing while standing.

At one time some notable lady from another tribe came out and literary trash talked the act of women
kneeling for men but the backlash that came against her nearly broke her twitter account. A few people
got blocked. She had tweeted a picture of a young woman happily kneeling down while greeting her, captioning it; “Neighbour Leonarda kneels down to greet me. I told her not to kneel but she insists that a young woman must show respect while kneeling to greet older people and men. I don’t agree. Boys don’t kneel. How do we stop this humiliating practice?”

In our tribe, when a woman is greeting elders and men, she is expected to kneel down as well when she
is serving people food or passing on something. When she is also doing certain chores like preparing
food, she is not expected to sit on stools but to either sit on a mat or kneel but these days we buy ready to
cook food or there are kitchen tops so many stand at the task. Away from the prowling eyes of their
elders a senior woman.
Some may think that it’s not right especially those about women emancipation and what not but the day
you will come out to speak ill against it, is the day you will see that even so many ladies do not want to
lose this cultural trait & take pride in it.

Otherwise, if you and I are getting married, get ready for that when you are around our elders. They’ll
conclude that I’ve scored a winner.

2 replies »

  1. I can imagine the glaring horror on their faces when they saw you ‘standing like a tree.’ That’s what they usually term it as when someone doesn’t kneel or humble themselves around elders.

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  2. The banyoro also kneel and I come from a family of both Banyoro and Baganda. I once attended a friend`s Kuhingira (the Banyankole don`t kneel),I was serving elders while standing and it was horrifying because where I come from,we kneel.

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