Intangible heritage

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

on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature

Place/country: Uganda,
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List/Inscriptions 2013 sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:09:50
Credits: Stephen Rwagweri (director) EZT (publisher)
Published in:2013

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