Traditional Buganda site

Eric and I once took a walk around our hill and stumbled upon the entrance to a Buganda cultural site.  We didn't go in, but I vowed to come back some time and learn more.  A few months ago, I took a couple of girl friends and we made a proper visit out of it.

Traditionally, the Buganda found their spirituality in places with a significant natural landmark - a waterfall, a large rock, or, in this case, a large tree.  The huge mango tree at the top of Makindye Hill gives residence to the spirit of a woman ancestor.  Other smaller shrines have popped up around the tree, each corresponding with a different ancestor.

Those who keep the place graciously showed us around and answered our questions.  We were grateful for the invitation to learn more about the traditions of the tribe we interact with daily, but has largely moved away from this part of their heritage.