Tradition holds that the foundation stone of the kingdoms of the Great Lakes Area was laid by the Bacwezi, a mysterious people that lived and ruled the area before disappearing “into the lake.” Central to the Bacwezi community and their descendants was the cow as an economic commodity, a cultural symbol of power and a source of pleasure.

Birgitta Farelius the story of the Bacwezi, the cow and the founding of the kingdoms of East Central Africa. Recommended.


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