Socio-cultural features, Special Ceremonies and Economic Activities of the Gumuz Communit


Socio-cultural features, Special Ceremonies and Economic Activities of the Gumuz Community


Bogale Aligaiz Agalu

Department of History, Injibara


American Journal of History and Culture

A Gumuz of the Mandura Woreda share many common socio-cultural features with their ethnic groups. Their basic socio-cultural features are Marriage arrangement, Menstruation and delivery custom, food custom and dressing style. They also celebrated the special ceremony called a memorial feast for the dead whom they call it Kemasa. Besides it, the ceremonial events such as the founding of the true cross, funeral and initiation ceremonies for girls at the first menstruation and for boys at a time of big hunt or killing of an enemy play a significant role of the Gumuz community’s social life. In the Mandura woreda, the most important economic activity of the Gumuz Population was shifting cultivation. Hunting, gathering, small scale fishing, handcrafts, beekeeping and limited animal husbandry were the supplementary economic activity of them.


Keywords: Socio-cultural practices, special ceremonies and shifting cultivation

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Bogale Aligaiz Agalu. Socio-cultural features, Special Ceremonies and Economic Activities of the Gumuz Community. American Journal of History and Culture, 2020,3:17.


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