Kasubi tombs in Kampala Uganda is a religious place that preserves the history, traditions and cultural practices in Buganda Kingdom. The Kasubi royal tombs is located in Kasubi one of the hills on which Uganda’s Kampala city seats.

The tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi is a burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings) of Buganda kingdom and other members of the royal family. These Ssekabake include; Kabaka Daudi Chwa 11, Kabaka Mwanga, Kabaka Mutesa 1, Kabaka Fredrick Mutesa 11. Most of the important cultural rituals are performed here while maintaing the original burial system of the kabakas of Buganda.

Kasubi Tombs of Buganda kings Kamapala Uganda

Kasubi tombs were built in the 13th century and it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Uganda. The tombs consist of a main building called “Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga” built in a dome-like shape that was constructed in 1882 by Kabaka Mutesa 1. This building is open to visitors who come to learn about the Buganda culture.

The four graves of the past Kabakas are all in this main building and their pictures are displayed inside. Other items found in the Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga are drums, spears, shields, medals and more.

Kasubi tombs is the most active site in Buganda kingdom and is regarded as a major spritual centre for the baganda. There is a hidden area in this building called “Kibira” the sacred forest where the spirits of the Kabakas are believed to reside. Only widows of the Kabakas can access this sacred forest.

Kasubi tombs Kampala Uganda

Cultural Ceremonies Done at Kasubi Tombs

A number of cultural ceremonies are performed here at Kasubi. These include; Royal burial ceremonies, the new moon ceremony, consultation of the mediums and more. Baganda medicine men and women come to consult the king’s spirits to obtain blessings in their works.

Visitors at the tombs of the kabaksa of Buganda at Kasubi are welcomed by the royal traditional guards and go through a wooden gate (bujjabukula) that is grass thatched and made of woven reeds. The Visitors take a tour around the courtyard (olugya) and other small houses built for the kings’ wives and the main building.

Kasubi Tombs

The Kasubi tombs main building’s roof is supported by 52 rings of spears that represent the 52 clans of Buganda. Each Clan in Buganda is responsible of a particular task at the tombs. Buganda Kingdom has other burial sites which include; Wamala king tombs, Nnamasole tombs and Bagalayaze Nanamusole tombs. The major site where all Kabakas are crowned is called Naggalabi coronation site on Budo hill.

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