Uganda : The Kingdom of Buganda

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    Buganda is the kingdom of the Baganda people, the largest of the traditional kingdoms of present-day Uganda. The three million Baganda (singular Muganda; often referred to simply by the root word and adjective, Ganda) make up the largest Ugandan ethnic group although they represent only about 16.7 percent of the population.

    Ganda social organization emphasized descent through males. Four or five generations of descendants of one man, related through male forebears, constituted a patrilineage. A group of related lineages constituted a clan. Clan leaders could summon a council of lineage heads, and council decisions affected all lineages within the clan.

    Most lineages maintained links to a home territory (butaka) within a larger clan territory, but lineage members did not necessarily live on butaka land.

    The oldest clans trace their lineage to the Tonda kings, who are supposed to have ruled in the region from 400 to approx. 1200-1350 A.D.

    The language of the Ganda is known as Luganda. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language family.

    An online dictionary of Luganda can be found at: