Banyole Culture


The Banyole people live in Bunyole County in the district of Tororo. Though they seem to be a Basoga sub group, they share much with the Basamia-Bagwe in terms of customs, origin and language. They claim to have emanated from the Banyala of Kenya and their births, marriage and burial ceremonies are close to the Basamia Bagwe with minor variation.

Tororo Rock in Tororo District, Home of the Banyole People

Regarding births, when a child was born among the Banyole, the placenta would be taken to be buried at a place where no one could see as it was feared that once it is known by an evil person, he/ she could use it to inflict harm on the baby or prevent the mother from getting pregnant again. The mother would remain in the house until the umbilical cord remains have broken off from the naval and the remains were then kept in a special gourd and the mother could keep as many cords as her born children. These cords were noted to be great significance in case of any evil happening. The food that was cooked for the mother after giving birth was not given to any other person except the mother and the husband. In case the twins were born, they would be left where they were and a special porridge was administered to the mother.

Regarding death, the man was accorded three days of mourning during which there will no bathing while for a woman, they days were four. The Kasanja ritual would be performed at the road junction to bring mourning to an end and then people would bathe and embark in their normal routine. They face the dead to east direction symbolizing the possible origin direction.

Regarding marriage, the girl would be required to present a man of her choice to the parents and then bride price arrangements would be made after which the girl would get married. In case of husband’s death, the clan would choose any of the husband’s brothers to marry her. If the woman was old, she would remain with her children.