Murle understandings of friendship – a personal account

Friends from Lanngo age-set on their way to a dance, Lotilla River, April 2015

Written by MK, contributor from Pibor Murle are very proud of their rich culture and will go miles to maintain it. Friendship, in Murle language known as ‘langotizet‘, has always been central to Murle culture and that can be seen also through how the very important social institution of the age-sets is experienced and lived.… Continue reading Murle understandings of friendship – a personal account

The Kabarze: a novel platform for women’s involvement in age-set tensions

Women from Kabarze from different age-sets in Manyirany coming together to sing and dance together. Manyirang payam in Pibor, September 2017.

Age-sets have often been understood as fundamentally male institutions, and to some extent this is true. However, women also belong to age-sets, first their father’s and eventually their husband’s. They are also the mothers of boys and men who are themselves from age-sets and that gives women, especially as mothers, a very powerful and influential… Continue reading The Kabarze: a novel platform for women’s involvement in age-set tensions

Chief Ngantho on origins of red chiefs and Ngaroti clan

Post prepared by Johnson Kengen Ababal guzul zɔna ee aze guzul zarɛ Akun rɛna ee akunai zɛɛm ci baba ee bal azi baba nɛ alam guzul ci loro o baba nyumur ee anyek kidoŋ korok o tobak kidoŋ cava This song, by the late paramount chief Ngantho Kavula from Dorongwa age-set, is about a hyena… Continue reading Chief Ngantho on origins of red chiefs and Ngaroti clan

A brief life history of Sultan Ismael Konyi

Sultan Ismael Konyi is for many people the greatest Murle leader that has ever lived. He was one of the most prominent political, military and spiritual leaders of the Murle community, until he passed away age the age of 80 in Juba on the 10th March 2021. Over his long life, he successfully drew upon… Continue reading A brief life history of Sultan Ismael Konyi

Murle proverbs and popular knowledge

Cattle grazing in Kong Kong River, Pibor May 2015

Proverbs are windows into the popular knowledge of a society. Several Murle language everyday expressions reveal the intrinsic importance of cattle in Murle society. This post, continuously updated with proverbs, presents and explains some of these expressions, related to cattle but also to other popular knowledge. When an elder greets youth, he will often say… Continue reading Murle proverbs and popular knowledge

Former paramount chief ŋantho Kavula on Murle origins and unity

Ngantho Kavula was the paramount chief for Pibor until his death in December 2013 in Juba, a victim of what was to become a civil war affecting all of the country. Originally from Kongor in Likuangole, he was a respected leader from Dorongwa age-set. In the recordings below, he shares his thoughts on the origins… Continue reading Former paramount chief ŋantho Kavula on Murle origins and unity