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  • Kasubi Royal Tombs

    Kasubi Royal Tombs

    Overview

    Situated on a hill within Kampala, the Kasubi Royal Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda kingdom. It is a very important place for the royal family as it is the burial ground for four previous Kabakas or kings. Important rituals related to the Ganda culture are frequently carried out here by the Kabakas and their representatives.

    The tomb hills of Kasubi is divided into three main areas: the main tom located in the western side of the site, the graveyard area located behind the tombs, and a large areas on the eastern side. The eastern side is primarily used for agricultural purposes.

    Bujja Bukula the gate house,The entrance to the site is a beautifully built gatehouse called Bujjabukula. According to Ganda tradition, the guards who control access to the site hide behind a see-through woven reed screen, to keep watch round the clock in order to control access. Wooden columns are used for the construction of this gatehouse which also supports a thatched roof. The walls are made of woven reeds. The Bujjabukula will lead you to a circular house where the royal drums are kept in a small courtyard. This place is called the Ndoga-Obukaba.

    From this forecourt, one enters the main courtyard (Olugya), enclosed by a reed fence and several houses built for the widows of the Kabaka’s and for other ritual purposes. The entrance into this courtyard is a striking experience as one immediately faces the main tomb building known as Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga, which is the architectural masterpiece of this ensemble.

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