Sunday, 26 June 2011

Bari People

Bari warriors (1890)

Name:

Bari also known as Bari proper*

Language:

Bari Language which derives from the Kutuk language spoken by Karo group of tribes

Bari Land includes:

Lado
Gondokoro
Rejaf 
    Bari people are found in Central Equatoria
    Naming ceremony

    The naming ceremony of a child is very important to the Bari community:

    First child names (male) include: 

    Jada
    Yugusuk 
    Loro

    Or they are named after an important person in the clan of both the father and mother (particularly if they are a boy)

    Second child names (male):

    Lado
    Swaka

     Third child names (male):

    Wani

    Fourth child names(male):

    Pitia

    A Female child following boys:

    Kiden

    Society

    The matat (chiefs) lead the Bari people,they are part of their traditional system and are chosen if they hail from a relevant hereditary clan. In the past,society was made up the monye lo kak (fathers of the land) and the matat lo piong (rainmakers) who used to combine spiritual and secular powers.

    Culture

    Bari food which includes their staple dish Nyette
    Bari culture is diverse in literature,folktales,songs,poems,dances and physical art which include ‘lasira’ (mat), baskets, kitty chairs, pots, ‘mae’ (rope for hanging belongings in the hut) and beads. The Bari also have spears, bows and arrows, whip made from the skin of hippo.
     
    Bari Waist beads
    Spirituality 
     
    The Bari believe in the existence of two spiritual powers. 

     ''''Un lo ki'''' (the Almighty or God of Heaven)
    ''''Mu lo kä'''' (small gods) the spirits that reside in big trees.  
      They believe that these powers are malicious and are the cause of sicknesses and bad omen. 

      Bari Diaspora are mostly found in:

      Australia
      Europe
      America
        *this is because they are different from those from neighbouring Bari-speaking tribes 

        Images,References and further reading: Gurtong Wikipedia
         

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