IndexAfricaUganda → Lugbara


Featured: Ik, Gisu, Acholi, Sebei, Bahima/Bahuma [Hima, Bahuma Bajoro], Bachiga, Lango, Nkole, Ganda, Kiziba, Lugbara, Jie, Iteso, Bwamba, Baamba, So, Guang

Middleton (1973:p292, 294-5)[1]: “Groups of sisters begin to accept lovers from about the age of 10 until their marriages three or four years later. They sleep at night in a special girls’ hut under the care of an old widow and receive boys for whom they “place their arms” ”. Intercourse is formally forbidden.

“Boys marry, if rich, at puberty; if poor, later. Girls may be pledged (betrothed before puberty in respect of a debt which the father has contracted, in which case if she is willing, on reaching a marriageable age he gives her to the creditor’s son”. Before marriage, “[…] there is some looseness amongst themselves, though there is a fine of a goat or a hen for any lapse discovered” (McConnell, 1925)[2].







Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept. 2004


[1] Middleton, J. F. (1973) The Lugbara of North-Western Uganda, in Molnos, A. (Ed.) Cultural Source Materials for Population Planning in East Africa. University of Nairobi, Institute of African Studies. Vol. 3, p289-98

[2] McConnell, R. E. (1925) Notes on the Lugwari Tribe of Central Africa, J Royal Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 55:439-67