Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Kasubi Tombs
Today we visited the Kasubi tombs where four Kabaka's (rulers) of Buganda are buried. The line of spears surrounding the main burial site and the section where only royalty was allowed made it feel like a sacred place (which it was), rather then just being a museum. Learning about the martrys shrine where christians were executed by the king for standing up[ for their faith, and actually going to part of a service was awesome, although I was surprised that it wasn't done in English. What surprised me the most about the Kasubi tombs was the fact that the first kabaka was buried there only 130 years ago and the last three ruled Buganda during the time when Great Britain ruled over Uganda. The question I have is whether the Kasubi tombs represent the same Buganda that existed in the previous century, or if the traditions we learned about were influenced by the rest of the world, and if so how?