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Full Text: Anthropos, 32.1937

Religion and Divination of the Logbara Tribe of North-Uganda. 
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happiness and delivrance from European intervention. After the drinking of 
this water, it was their custom to hold the strangest sort of dances. Children 
who were unable to drink, were laved with its water. 
These, and the like tales were told, but after the experiences they had 
with the guns of Europeans, they lost faith in the “holy water”. 
2. Ajualiria (and other minor rites). 
The name is derived from aju which means “spear”. The spear is one 
of the things that go to make this shrine. There is a triangular spade, made of 
mud well kneated, and in length it is about four inches; in width, two. It is 
painted half red and half black. The black colour is obtained from the coal, 
and the red from clay. When the spade is ready, it is fixed at the door of the 
sick person’s hut. The point is directed upwards. Seme tufts of grass are then 
tied together so that they form one piece which is put down near the spade. 
This is formed also with some short canes, intertwined with grass. 
Next a fruit of the “Kigelia of Africa” is placed nearby. The sick person 
is brought out of the hut. I saw men very ill staying out a long time during 
the performance of such a ceremony, performed for them. 
When the shrine is ready, an elder takes a hen by the legs. He spits on 
it three or four times. He then turns it about on the shrine and on the sick. 
He then takes a piece of wood, puts the neck of the hen on the fruit of the 
“Kigelia” and while another man holds it by the mouth, he holds the legs, and 
with the wood he strickes the neck, and finally kills it. Next, he lifts it on high, 
so that the blood flows down to the shrine, from the mouth and neck. 
There are some who sacrifice the hens by cutting their heads, and then 
leaving them go about, spreading the blood here, there, and everywhere on the 
shrine. Always, the downy feathers are burnt, and the head and feet are cast 
away. Some leaves are then used to clean the hen thoroughly. While the meat 
and the millet are being prepared, the elders take the feathers and insert them 
in the grass-like rope and into the fruit of the “Kigelia”. 
When everything is ready, the elder places some special plates m order, 
and when the food is placed on them, it is held over the head of the sick, and 
these words are said: 
“I give you this food! Leave the child.” 
Next, he sets the plates down, and commences to eat close to the shrine. 
At the end of the regular meal he takes the emply pots, turns them around the 
head of the sick person and says, “Now our sacrifice is ended; we do hope 
it will be fruitful”. 
The pots are left near the shrine for a few hours after which they are 
taken up again. The spade and the “Kigelia” fruit are left till last, till they are 
consumed. 
Minor rites (similar to the above). 
Ajumatiigo. This is practically the same as that described above. 
There is the spear (aju) and instead of “Kigelia” there is a small ox (manigo), 
or a small pig. It is performed on the paths. The principal, and indeed the
	        
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