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Rainbows, pythons and waterfalls : heritage, poverty and sacrifice among the Busoga, Uganda

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Abstract(English): Cultural and natural heritage is a fundamental part of society and crucial in any development process; yet because of the complexity, it has proved difficult to incorporate culture and tradition in actual policy practice. Here the rich heritage of the Busoga is explored, using the water cosmology at the Itanda Falls in Uganda, with a specific emphasis on a rainmaking ritual and sacrifice to the rain-god during a drought. While rainmaking rituals cannot mitigate climate change in the modern world, and while fewer and fewer people believe in the traditional religion, the past and its traditions are still sources for the future. As we rethink the role of heritage in the processes of poverty alleviation, it is argued, a strong emphasis on cultural and natural heritage is one of the most efficient and important areas of long-term development in an era of globalization, when traditions are disappearing. Without a past, there is no future.
CONTENTS: Acknowledgments. -- 1. Mythology of hydrology. -- 2. Senses and science and rainbows. -- 3. Giant snakes and rainbow serpents. -- 4. Rainbow cosmologies. -- 5. Busoga water cosmology, rainmaking and the rainbow. -- 6. Rainmaking and understanding water in society and religion. -- 7. History and heritage. -- 8. Literature. -- 9. Endnotes. -- Index.
Authors: Nordic Africa Institute
Type: Book
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Link: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2321
Subject: Cultural heritage
Religion
Traditional culture
Water
Rivers
Rain
Mythology
Rituals
Belief
Nile River
Uganda
Rainmaking
Cosmology
Ethnic groups
Soga
Busoga
History and Archaeology
Historia och arkeologi
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Filosofi, etik och religion




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