In our todays book feature is another Uganda Journal. The Journal Volume II Number 1. Published in July, 1943.
The contents are:
Editorial; Ernest de Bellefonds and Stanley’s letter to the ‘Daily Telegraph’; Mweso – The Board Game; Some Notes on the Biggo Bya Baganyi; Blood Brotherhood in Ankole. Mahogany; Notes on Uganda Mosquitos and Methods of Control; Some Notes on the reign of Mutesa. Notes: A Glimpse of Uganda’s Past; Storks; the Kampala Museum.
Blood brotherhood in Ankole
The Idea of sealing friendship in blood is age old and can be found in many lands. It is probably more common in Africa than in any other part of the world. The actual ceremony differs only in detail. The results are the same. In this article F. Lukyn Williams explains how blood-brotherhood is practiced in Ankole. There are three main clans in Ankole, which are in their turn subdivided into many sub clans. The children of these clans are born into the father’s clan while the men can only marry girls of another clan. If a man makes Omukago with another the Omukago lasts in theory forever. The clans into which a father has made Omukago are passed on to the son and he cannot in his turn make Omukago into any of the same clans. But in practice that means they will forget with which Omukago has been made after two generations. Women cannot be made with a woman or between women. In the following he explains more rules and finally lists each step of the ceremony.
Notes on Uganda Mosquitos and on Methods of Control
In this article G. H. E. Hopkins mentions that the mosquito in Africa carries several diseases such as; malaria, yellow fever, dengue and filiariasis. He describes, that the adult mosquitos have different feeding – habits according to their sex and species. Males are vegetarian while females (not in all species) must have blood in order to mature their eggs. 141 different species of mosquitos are known from Uganda. In the genus Anopheles there are 27 Uganda species and only a few of which carry malaria.
He is of the opinion that at least in tropical Africa an enormous proportion of the malaria is caused by ourselves, since we make the greater number of breeding – places. Those are made by digging large holes, in order to get material for roads or houses, also by draining cultivation breeding- places are created.