Posted: Thu, March 01, 2018 | By: Critical Thinking
by Jessica Tuddu
The workshop started on Friday and ended on Sunday in the afternoon after which we served the participants food and drinks . It was facilitated by Jessica Tuddu the director and helped by Anent and Isaac.
We had 20 participants who attended the workshop - 16 parents and 4 teachers.
The primary topic of discussion was examining the superstitious beliefs of the Basoga Tribe.
In Basoga traditional culture:
1) The Basoga believe in sacrificing animals to their small gods to solve their problems. They are asked to offer animals to be slotted for blood as a sign that the gods in the shrines will gather to solve their problems. For example: childless women.
2) Basoga call on ancestral sprits every morning and evening to help them in case they need something. Some prepare a pot of beer and put it for them to take if they are thirsty
3) The people used to worship rivers like Bujjagali for wealth and prosperity.
4) Child sacrifice is used if people wanted to gain quick wealth. Many families lose their children due to such practices. Last week we had such a scandal. One of the children from my neighborhood was stolen. Later we realized that she had been taken for sacrifices.
The participants resolved to do sensitization in our community so that everyone understands:
1) We believe in hard work to get wealthy and not through witch craft
2) All pregnant mothers should be referred to hospitals to get delivery services which are truly scientific.
Our research findings show that everything that exists on this planet Earth is out of science. We believe that it is through science that this world existed and not god.
It is our role to encourage all the people in our communities and students in our school to study science for the good of our country Uganda.