Baganda are the largest ethnic group within Uganda. They are ruled by a King called the kabaka whose power is supreme and can’t be questioned.
The Baganda speak a language known as Luganda.
They are raised to respect everyone in the community irrespective of age, race or gender. In fact, a child in Buganda belongs to the whole neighborhood and thus it isn’t illegal for a neighbor to discipline any child found misbehaving.
Growing up a muganda means;
- You have to kneel down and greet your elders any time of the day especially for the girls.
- You have to learn how to do housework like cooking, fetching water, mopping, washing clothes, etc because a lazy child isn’t tolerated. To encourage children to do housework, the Baganda came up with stories like Njabala.
- You can’t disobey your parents no matter how old you get. There is a saying that ‘a parent is the God we have on earth.’
- You have to get married a virgin.
- Participate in societal functions even burial. You can fetch water or help them cook.
- Do all the rites of passage such as pulling for the girls to be submissive to men.
- As a child, you have to sit down and not on the chair unless granted permission.
- You don’t have to eat your meat first and if a visitor comes, you have to hand it over.
- When a person passes you while you eat, you have to call them to join you by saying, jangu tulye which means come and we eat.
- Dressing appropriately.
All of these norms and traditions are used to train children in the Buganda community to be obedient, kind, tolerant which is termed as discipline.