Wednesday May 18, 2022

Lopit at a Galnce

Lopit people

The name

The people are known as Lopit, Language is known Lopit

Demography and geography

The Lopit populations are about one hundred fifteen thousands people. They inhabit the Lopit hills, which form the Northeastern frontiers of Torit district. The main settlements of the Lopit are as follow:
Twenty Two (22) West Lopit: Tabwor Ihonga, Idali, Lodogyok, Virickhelangi, Losou, Lesigya, Hiyahi, Irube, Maitong, Loturumo, Longiro, Lehirie, Haba Lodo, Lohomiling (Lokirwon), Lomerok, Bwara (Ngabori), Lohidomok, Loluro, Tafajak, Suhuluk, Lebitihi.
Five (5) South West Lopit: Lossou, Odongiok, Idale Mura, Tabwor, and Ibele
Twenty Two (23) Villages in East Lopit: Loturomo, Lohidodmok, Lonyamut, Tariri, Lohitojo, Lodohori, Locharock, Lobelo, Logolowaati, Lehingang, Lohobohobo, Habirongi, Mura Lopit, Imehejek, Ihirang, Imaluha, Lelang, Ibonni, Ibahure, Ataranyi, Lohutok, Lalanga, and Loming

Environment, economy, and natural resources

The Lopit live in a hilly environment. They are agro-pastoralists practicing traditional agriculture as well as livestock rearing. These socio-economic occupations are carried out both on the mountain slopes and in the plains.
The main crops are sorghum, bulrush, millet, pumpkin; groundnuts, simsim, and okra. They also harvest forest products: honey and shea nuts from which they press oil. The Lopit, like other groups in the area practice extensive hunting. They engage in trade in a wide spectrum of commodities: cattle, groundnuts, sorghum, honey, chicken, handicrafts, okra, calabashes, hoes, tobacco, etc.

Mythology and history

Very little is known about the origin of the Lopit apart from the widely held view that they came along with the waves of groups migrating from Lake Turkana. The Lopit are said to have broken away from the Dongotono after a quarrel over gazelle soup.

Language

Linguistically, the Lopit belong to the eastern Nilotics and their language is much closer to the Lotuka, Dongotono and Maasai [Kenya] languages. These linguistic similarities give clues to the common origin of these people.
Society, social events, attitudes, customs and tradition
The Lopit are very proud of their cultural entity and this informs most of their attitudes and social life. Their material culture (especially southern Lopit) is similar to the Otuho while at the same time distinct (especially in central and northern Lopit). They practice several cultural initiations: childhood (naming initiation), adulthood, initiation into the camp (i.e., Mangat), and age-set initiation.

 

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