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Dinka Village Tour

Country: South Sudan
City: Bor
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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The Dinka people have been made famous by photographers and anthropologist returning with dramatic photographs about the Dinka cattle culture.

For the Dinka cattle are the bases for all wealth and central to their spiritual life. Dowries are paid in cattle usually 100 head for a wife. Young boys sleep with the cattle to guard them against thieves and Lions.

Songs are composed about their favorite bull. Large barns are built for the cattle in the wet season.

The Dinka people have been made famous by photographers and anthropologist returning with dramatic photographs about the Dinka cattle culture.

For the Dinka cattle are the bases for all wealth and central to their spiritual life. Dowries are paid in cattle usually 100 head for a wife. Young boys sleep with the cattle to guard them against thieves and Lions.

Songs are composed about their favorite bull. Large barns are built for the cattle in the wet season.

The Dinka are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Republic of Sudan. They belong to a group of cultures known as the Nilotic peoples, all of whom live in the southern Sudan.

In 1983, a civil war erupted in the Sudan, pitting the largely Arab and Muslim northern Sudan against the black African peoples of the south. Lasting into the 1990s, the war has had dire consequences for the Dinka and other Nilotic peoples. Tens of thousands of Dinka have died; countless others have become refugees. Rebel groups and international human rights organizations have accused the Sudanese government of attempting genocide against (extermination of) the Dinka.

Linguists classify Dinka as a major language family in the Nilotic category of African languages. The Dinka have a diverse vocabulary with which to describe their world. It is estimated that they have more than 400 to refer to cattle alone—their movements, their diseases, and their variety in color and form.

The Dinka tradition of oral literature is extensive and a considerable amount has been recorded. Two figures stand out prominently, Col Muong and Awiel Longar. Col Muong has an enormous appetite for all things in life. When he is hungry, he is said to eat an entire herd of cattle or an entire field of grain. Stories about him suggest that people should do the best they can with what they have. Awiel Longar figures as the common ancestor of all Dinka peoples.

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