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Title:Death and the hereafter in the Kitagwenda religion, Toro, Uganda
Author:Rutebuka, J.
Periodical:The African Mind: A Journal of Religion and Philosophy in Africa
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
African religions
Toro (Uganda)
Kitagwenda religion (Uganda)
Abstract:This paper explores the traditional beliefs of the Batagwenda of Toro, Uganda, about death and what happens after a person's death. It deals with the mythological origins of life and death, the causes of death, the treatment of the departed and the hereafter. The Batagwenda believe that death does not destroy life, but that it transforms the physical into a spiritual form of existence. The dead should receive a decent burial to ensure continued harmony between them and the living. When this harmony is disrupted, mediums and diviners play a significant role in reconciliation. It is believed that every death has a cause and the ultimate explanation for death is sought in the mythical and spiritual realms. The metaphysical causes of death are understood in terms of magic, sorcery, curses and evil spirits. Besides physical and metaphysical causes, the Batagwenda believe that grave moral deviation in conduct may result in death. The most vivid examples of such ethical causes are connected with sexual misconduct, breach of blood pact and broken taboos. Bibliogr., notes, ref.