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"Culture and Customs of Uganda is a fascinating overview of the current state of Ugandan society, where largely rural ethnic groups are experiencing the pull of urban centers, while the changes brought about by Western influences bear on practically every aspect of people's lives. Examples from the main ethnic groups are used to explain traditional culture and adaptations to modern life in religion, gender roles, courtship and marriage, work, education, family life, ceremonies, the arts, media, and more. This is the essential reference source to turn to for solid insight into Uganda….The sensitive narrative conveys the nuances between old and new, urban and rural, elite and poor for each topic. In addition, the evolution of Ugandan peoples is superbly demonstrated. Highlights include a discussion of the ways in which adherents of world religions such as Christianity and Islam mix these with traditional African religious belief in spirits, diviners, and rainmakers."
"Otiso presents an introductory overview of the East African nation of Uganda, suitable as a reference for high school and college students and general readers. An opening chapter provides a concise treatment of basic information including the land, peoples, languages, education system, resources, occupations, economy, government, and history. Subsequent chapters cover, in more depth, various aspects of the Ugandan people and their culture, including their religion and worldview; literature, film, and media; art, architecture, and housing; cuisine and traditional dress; gender roles, marriage and family; social customs and lifestyle; and music, dance, and drama. The text also contains a chronology, glossary, and bibliographic essay. Illustrated with B&W photographs."
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