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Being Luo – A Lesson In Home Building

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To help those streaming live from other cultures; We don’t want you to go without getting some #LuoCulturalEducason in matters home. We sal try to help you understand some vokabilarii used.

In our culture there is a layout of how a Luo compound sould look like. You just don’t throw auses aoyaye!🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

1. Simba is the fist house a man builds in his dad’s compound.

The order hiya is that the fist son builds first to the right hand side of his fathers aus. The rest follow the order. When all the sons are done. You will notice that all the older sons are on the right and the younger on the left.

2. Then after some time, the sons move out of their dads compound to their own compounds starting from the eldest in that order. However, the very last son never leaves. (pause here, we sal come back to explain this) . This moving is called ‘ golo dala’ ( removing your homestead). Or ‘ goyo dala’ beating a home.

3. When one beats a home, you build ‘Ligala’ is the first house you build there. Mostly make shift. This is temporary and people don’t spend a lot on it because after some time you go to the next stage. So the next time you visit a Luo and see a makeshift aus, don’t conclude that tha Luo son’s journey of building has sitoped. Home building in #LuoLand is a process. The guy is still putting his resources together. We all know construction is not cheap. Construction according to the Luo standards isnotisi atol.

4. The last stage is called ‘Loko ot’ (Changing the aus) Coming from the makeshift structure to unleashing the Hacienda.This now where the descendants of Ramogi will outdo themselves the #LuoWay. This is now where those out of this world disains come in. The you drop a biiiiiiiiiiiig thing. Iko nini? After Loko ot, the ligala is never destroyed. Used as an outside kitchen or for rearing chicken.😎

5. Back to the last born, he moves slightly out but with in his parents compound. It is called ‘Loko Rangach’ ( Changing the Gate) so his gate becomes different from that of his parents and he builds his compound.

6.Land is not a problem,there is a laid out procedure of how each son inherits land and even widows are catered culturally. We don’t sell our ancestral land to strangers. Lest our ancestors wake up and soot us. Our land remains in the family not strangers.

7.The homestead should be kilia,such that the main entrance to the main aus should chimo rangach tiiit ( face the gate sitrait). A gate is a very important aspect in a Luo homestead. It gives the home its Identity. There is a fence that separates the farm from the homestead. The homestead is for human beings, shamba ni shamba. We don’t mix the two.

8.When the man is going to beat the boma he MUST have a wife. And he becomes the land owner and the wife the house owner. Luos do not wives in one house but each one must have a house and in a orderly Mana.

9.There is another small gate e tok dala yaani rot that can come in handy when there’s need to eskep may be in case of an attack or other reasons best known to us.

10. The home Must have trees which are planted strategically in the middle of the home for visitors in future but the trees must not block the sight of the gate from the main door… and you must have a live fence, even if you are rich enough to build a metallic wall

11.Children don’t live in their parent’s home when they become of age. However grand children can inherit the house when the grand parents die.
It keeps the land in the family and also encourages the sons to goyo dala so they are nit hanging around waiting for their fathers to die. This might explain why you hardly hear of Luos killing each other over ancestral land.

12.A man and his son cannot both have their Simbas standing at the same time.
Before the young man breaks ground to build his Simba, his own father’s Simba that was left standing in the ancestral home (before golo/goyo dala) must be demolished, however solid or magnificent it still is.

13. If a woman doesnt get married totally, she can live in her mother’s house even after the parents are dead. The only caveat is that she will not own the land…she can live there till she dies but cannot own it. If she has male children born outside wedlock, they can build behind their grandfathers house but within the home.

However their door must face the opposite direction to that of the grandfather. They can ask their uncle for a piece of that land where they can then build a home. Land that is given like this can be legitimately owned by the boys, even if their mother doesnt have ownership rights.


When a polygamous Luo builds for the wives, the order is as follows:
1- Mikayi(First Wife)/ Home owner.
Her house is built directly facing the gate(rangach) actually her house divides the home in two equal parts.
2- Nyachira(Second Wife) her house is built on the right side of the First wife’s house and the main door faces the direction of the gate as well.
3-Dhako Matin/Konya Hero(Third Wife)
Her house is built on the left side of the first wife’s house and the main door faces the gate as well.
Note
The husband builds his own house at the centre of the homestead and this is called Abila/Ofis. This is very vital since it majorly helps in the managing/running of the homestead. It’s the power house.

On Golo dala, there are rare scenarios where a bachelor builds his home without a wife. In this case we don’t refer to it as Golo Dala but we say Gero Dala. Dala can only be Golod with a wife and all the customary rights done.

When a young man builds in his father’s compound it’s called Simba as stated in the original post. When he marries, he’s required to change the house and build a more bigger one called Od Dhako. Simba is like mwanda, that’s no one’s goat. Anyway can hunt it down and so is Simba. It can accommodate any visitor”Wendo” and none can claim ownership.🤣🤣🤣

Luo culture is very orderly. Sisi hapana ishi like this, like this, read #hivihivi.
We told you this edison will be comprehensive

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How does you culture do it? let us know in the comments below

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