|The king (Emorimori) of Teso|
The king of Teso is known as an Emorimori.
In Uganda these people are found in the districts of Amuria,Soroti,Katakwi,Kumi,Ngora,Pallisa,Serere,Kaberamaido,Bukedea and some parts of Busia and Tororo. They are about 4.2 million in number and this about 6.4% of Uganda's population.
There are various histories about this ethnic group (Iteso) but the most reliable one is that they originated from the now known Ethiopia in the early days and migrated to the west.They are part of the Nilotics people who are said to have originated from Sudan.Part of this group formed small sub-divided groups called the Karamojong Cluster.This later split to give rise to Jie,Karamojong,Turkana and Teso.
The Iteso people moved to Uganda and found north-eastern Uganda favorable place to stay because of their lifestyle.This was around the mid-18th century.
From then,these "wise men" have continued to stay in this location of Uganda.
The Iteso people are organised in clans and people of the same clan share similar elements.In the past,Iteso women used to wear barkcloth while the girls used to wear bead-decorated itibire.This kind of clothing was coped from the neighboring Basoga and the Karimojongs.
Marriage in Teso
|An Iteso man playing an African-styled instrument|
If the girl's parents accept,then the date is set when the boy is expected to come for an introduction at the girl's home.He is supposed to come with dowry and offer it to the girl's parents.The most common dowry used are cows.
After all the proceedings,the marriage is then formalized and the by leaves with his girl.
In Teso,a boy is not supposed to marry a girl from the same clan as his.
Foods eaten by Iteso people
Iteso people eat various types of foods but they mainly feed on millet as their stable food.Other foods eaten by Iteso people include;pumpkins,milk,wild berries,fish and butter.
In Uganda Iteso people have one of the most adorable dances that are hard-to copy unless trained.Some of the dances include;
-Akembe dance:This dance was performed with an aim of invoking the ancestors for consultation.Drums would be sound and people would dance to their tunes.It involved shaking the rattles.