Lotuko people

Otuho (also, Latuka) is an ethnic group in South Sudan. Their population is around 241,000. Their traditional home is Eastern Equatoria area in South Sudan.they are the group of Eastern and Southern Nilotic branches (formerly known as 'Nilo-Hamaitic')[1] They speak Otuho language, hamites language.

The primary religion of the people is an ethnic religion based on nature and ancestor worship that is deeply rooted in their ethnic identity; conversion to another religion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. Their chief occupation is livestock raising, supplemented by hoe farming, hunting, and fishing.[2] They are perfectly agro-pastoralists keeping large herds of cattle, sheep and goats. They engage in subsistence farming with their main crops being sorghum, ground nuts, simsim, and maize in the plains, while in the hill they grow telebun, dukhn, sweet potatoes and tobacco.[3]

In recent times, the Murle people have traditionally raided the otuho, Lopit and other tribes in the area, abducting their children.[4]

Land is held in trust by the community; with no single person in authority. In the mountains, a group of people decide they will make gardens in a certain place. The group decide the boundaries of each person's garden, with certain areas being fallow (for up to 10 years) and other areas open to cultivation (for up to 4 years).[5]

See also


  1. ^ Cysouw, Michael (13 October 1998). . Nilotic. The Netherlands: University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. pp. 1–4. 
  2. ^ "Lotuho of South Sudan". People Groups. Retrieved 9 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lotuko (Otuho)". gartong.org. Retrieved 3 Jan 2018. 
  4. ^ Peter Lokale Nakimangole (22 Jan 2009). "Lopit and Lotuko Communities Vow to End Conflict". Gurtong Trust. Retrieved 9 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ Dwight (5 July 1980). "Interviewing Josiah About Lotuko Agriculture". Retrieved 9 Jan 2014. 


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