Uganda-Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi

  • Topic: 500 to 1000 BP
  • Country: Uganda
  • Related Congress: 13th Congress, Dakar

The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi, Uganda is a site of great significance in terms of its cultural identity with reference to the spiritual aspect of the culture which compliments their values. The Baganda currently stand as one of the largest living ethnic groups in Uganda.The site remains a great example with regard to the Baganda monumental structures which thereby increases the cultural aspect of these monumental structures based on its history. The site was regarded as a former palace (built in 1882) which has now been converted to a royal burial ground in 1884. The core structure of the site holds the four main tombs, known as the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, which serves as the burial place of the previous four Kabakas (kings), Muteesa I, Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and Sir Edward Muteesa II. The site thus qualifies as a religious centre for the royal family and it represents the communication link to the spiritual world. The site remains an active and important place whereby rituals are still carried out till present and thereby holds a tremendous amount of value.
The Muzibu Azaala Mpanga (the main building) is located at the highest part of the hill and consists of a circular base with a dome composed of natural materials (such as wood, thatch, reed and so forth). These monumental structures have been in existence since the 13th century. The site now consists of a large area occupied by agricultural farming based on traditional methods which have been passed down by the ancestors who previously occupied the land. The cultural essence together with the remnants of the site remains a great example of African traditions and culture today.

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