Our Culture

Lokoya

  

The Lokoya are proud of their Cultural Identity . In the beginning of the dry season, which also marks the end of the harvest or ohilango the Chief Priests of Grain and the Mountain lift the order of silence, which bans people from fighting or yelling ewuluho Henceforth people in the villages are free to make war cries; yell and dance. Every year, at about the same time, the girls and boys compose songs about their colleagues’ laziness, quarrelsomeness, dirty habits, impoliteness, prostitution, theft, cowardice, bravery, beauty, ugliness and so forth.The lifting of edwar prepares the people for the harvest feast, othurak.Though very social people, the Lokoya do not tolerate foreigners who undermine their tradition and culture.

  

Greetings in Lokoya

Lokoya People are fond of greeting each other. In the morning, they say ‘Mong’ and one answers ‘Oglo.’ Sometimes they greet ‘Angai ie?’ that is, ‘How are you?’ or ‘Ehenyu ie’ which means, ‘Have you woken up?!’ And one answers, ‘Ayu nang’ meaning ‘I am O.K.’ At noon, the greeting is, ‘Angai afaning?’ One answers, ‘Oyu.’ In the evening, ‘Angai athari?’The answer is ‘Oyu.’


Socializing in Lokoya

Drinking and eating are linked to the art of making friendship. People ate from the same calabash after washing their hands. Friends or age-groups invite each other whenever food or drink is prepared in the family. They eat together before moving onto other friends’ or relatives’ houses as well. Nobody is interested in eating alone, or from their own individual plates, as is the practice with most modern societies. They drink from one calabash, but those who are sick with leprosy request to be served in a separate calabash. The people are conscious of the feelings of others and do not expect anybody to hurt theirs either. The Lokoya like eating fresh or dry fish and green vegetables with groundnut sauce. These are eaten with thick porridge, angiryang, or sweet potatoes, ohaye They also drink milk. When one visits a friend or brother, one is received by the slaughtering of a chicken, goat or ram in one's honor. The chickens gizzard is often reserved for the visitor. This is so because the gizzard is considered the sweetest part of the chicken. Women are not supposed to eat chicken or the head of a goat, ram or fish. The woman who eats these things is said to be eating the good luck of the husband. The visitor eats the liver and intestines first and other parts later while being entertained with a traditional, alcoholic beverage from sorghum commonly known as obalu, or the white stuff which the hostess brews for the occasion When the food is not enough the couple feel unhappy and apologetic.

Hunting

 During hunting, when the son-in-law kills an animal, the mother-in-law is given the loin and hindleg When there is famine those who still have some food help the rest by either loaning grain or giving it free. This sharing and kindness consolidates the spirit of togetherness and unity of purpose.The hides and skins of animals killed are not thrown away.Cow-hides as well as the hides and skins from other animals are used for sleeping on or for making traditional sandals ,and skin dresses for women. They are also given away to expectant mothers for making the adufa baby carry-cots or the ahinafe carry-bags for holding the babies.Throughout the year, the Chief of the Mountain provides health services. He does this by cursing and ;chasing away; diseases. He smears oil on peoples’ chests and the diseases  

Lokoya territory

  

The Lokoya inhabit Eastern area of Juba,80 Km in width and 104 Km in length on the Juba-Torit road. They occupy an area of about 8320 Square Kilometers. To theWest they Share a common border with the Bari and to the East with the Othuho . The (Lokoro) live to the north of the Lokoya while the Acholi are the Neighbors to the South

  

Lokoya West:

Lokoya West has five Villages:Ngangala, Ngulere, Ilyangari, Liria and Langabu.

Lokoya East:

Lokoya East has Ten Villages:Lowi, Pura, Losok, Lohira, Lohilo, Ohwa, Hojobi, Oyata, Langairo and Ofiriha