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Empaako Tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western Uganda

Language: English

Empaako is a naming system practised by communities in Uganda, where children receive one of twelve names shared across the communities during a ceremony presided over by the clan head and relatives. Addressing a person by her or his Empaako name is an affirmation of social identity and unity and a declaration of affection, respect, honour or love, which can defuse tension. The transmission of Empaako has dropped dramatically due to a general decline in appreciation of traditional culture.

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Place/region: Uganda, Africa
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Stephen Rwagweri
Publisher: Angabu Za Tooro (EZT), Uganda
Published in:
Rights: Engabu Za Tooro (EZT)

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2013-0090400019
Source ref.: DOC:0090400019/CAND:00904
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Engabu Za Tooro (EZT)