June 2016 — Okobi

Lokang Jackson July 15, 2016

Have you ever made a chair without any tool? It is as hard as it sound, but possible. There are two materials needed. Ogali(fibre) and any branch of a tree. Get a GET to make it more simpler because it can twist, bend, turn and so on. Tol Ogali is like a glue when used appropriately. The problem with this type of work is it's life time. It takes roughly half or full year for it to loosen up or break. Ogali also has other uses which is know to most luo people.

Lokang Jackson July 15, 2016

The worst thing for a dwar abuti for honey is when you get rucu(the pupae). However, it is also a good thing especially when it is during Oro(dry season) and there is no water. After eating that, thirst for water is gone and you have enough energy to move a distant or can to where water is(assuming one is closer by). There is one thing that had never been tried about rucu. Just Imagine that when it one day from hatching, rucu can stay for one or two other days without eating. Then it becomes possible to get enough of them straight into hive so when they hatch, they start work straight away. New family, home, and environment. That would eliminate the old process of making a hive then waiting unknown days for when a colony of bees will come into a hive. It would also be easy to multiply, transfer, and mix colony of bees a hive(s) from one location to another.

Lokang Jackson July 14, 2016

Culture: Luo in general over the years had tried and changed their cultural differences from the rest of the tribes and the reverse is true too. It all started from skin, hair, nails etc. People also tried to get outside of kido to ngweko kom. They used pala and in late 1980s to date(Unassumingly) they used a tree call Odeng. It just make lips yellowish or brownish whatever comes on your side. Its change their kedo and mostly young girls really do like it. I am glade I involve in the process mostly getting it when it gets higher. That now needs a boy to clime to bring it down to them. Their descriptions of it just literally made some boys try it, but of course it was and is not worth a try because you will go through some of your worst days in life. Other people especially matured woman prefer to use mo ya. The difference is that mo ya is used for dry mouth and it help heal and clear off the cracks. Use it, wipe it and that's it.

Art: The art of Luo is mostly done during Christmas season(s) - December in particular. They draw, design walls in different shapes, colours, and some times they do emulate others creatures like birds, animals, fishes etc. This is called ngweko or ngwek, but the picture is call kido but of course implying the commons e.g. lakido, kido ne etc.

Lokang Jackson July 9, 2016

First of all there are so many diseases that are categorically known village wise. Physical harms e.g. wounds, cuts, brushes, breaking etc; pains e.g. head aches, eye ache, ear aches etc, and Psychological sicknesses.

Physical harm: When our body is wide open and we see inside it it worries us and tends often time make us not able to perform duties. Wounds to be covered because of many reasons e.g. external infliction, reinfection etc. Many people a time use rabbit hair, cotton wool etc. This solutions are more dangerous than having the wound itself because it need get remove and removing it causes more harm. It also make the affected person imagine situations like what if wound dries but there remain hair, piece of cotton. Most people however, use materials like Opobo((luo name)Jel), and green peas. Opobo has a slippery liquid inside it. This liquid is extracted and smeared on wound while wet. It dries on the wound and often don't come off till the wound it heal then it falls off. Causing no harm, preventing flies from landing on causing another issue, prevent sharp object like grass and woods from scratching wounds. It is no also affected by water during share and rain if used properly.

Pains: Pains are logically caused by thinking, body effects e.g. on tissues, lack of things e.g. water etc. For this reasons there we need things that can effect us beyond them. Bitter, soar, hot things wherefore, help us stimulate our body system reactivating our immune system. Imagine a situation where you lost appetite in eating. Appetite is a work of our tongue hence we need something that will make it active which will trigger our brain to think that side. Most time people just use pepper. Things that smell good also activates our appetite.

Psychological: Fear, anguish, lack of, prevention from, absenteeism, carelessness are major causes of psychological problems. Boosting confidence and putting in experience to things that creates realisation makes us thinks different, creates calm etc. Guidance, rules etc can also help our psychology if practiced properly and followed considerably.

Omar water(the Thinking): As they saying goes, water is necessity to life. To even situation of high accountabilities to change situations from thirst and hanger of fluid to presiding to well water. It is a dreading problems to society who do have this kind of problems but it is a strong decision of the public to choose well water system to break locks and avoid collision with animals and other biomes. Through that kind of actions, we manoeuvre bad causes and brought in a main solution e.g. catching rain water, building roads and drainages and encouraging use of good sanitary system to promote positive climate change. We all do this to save future of our colonies and build our next world because it is fair and none threatening to all parties involved and because everyone is involved, it becomes familiar problems of high understanding.

Lokang Jackson July 9, 2016

When we want to hunt, we put nets, fire and surround it; when we want to dance, man stand on the outside while on the inside of a circle facing each other; when we want to eat, we put food in the middle and everybody else sit around to have a share; when we have our leader in our midst, we make sure their are security behind him and people in front of him. Valuable objects are found and are said to be in the center of the others e.g min ki wuon(queen and kings) nquen, bee, ants etc. society, governments, country etc have one common and central thing that binds them together for whatever reason. The Luo have one important person that guides, unite, bring peace, teaches etc and that the people they Ruod. Luo do not have a queen leave a lone a name for it I know off. If you do please comment here. The question is why do we encircle(Ruodi). The reasons are providing protection, keeping togetherness, avoiding invasions etc.


Lokang Jackson July 9, 2016

Nyango: Past time or time in a history is called nyango. It somehow happens to be a time that catches many people still sleeping. They mostly asked from the others or consult their watches to find out when is it in the day. For this reason, Nyango is always a missed time but confirmed later in the day.

diceng/dieceng: Transitively, this is mid day 12:00pm. Remember that modern time is measured using clocks, watch on our wrists, phones etc. Traditionally, time was measured by shadow. When shadow aligned to us, we become in the middle of the the sun, it is also a time you are able to see sun a full length, colour, strength etc. It is also however a time people need to rush work because things could get darker, emergencies could come in leaving an finished work extending work to future days. Bad for the society hence let's beat the sun.

otieno: Do you know that the sun have stripes in the afternoon? It is because of its rays and changes in direction and distance of its rays stretches pointing towards or away from us. It looks as though a crushed object and objects powering out of it elusively.

Obwora: When the sun is going down, you do not see it especially when you are living on the eastern side of a undulation. You only see the rays coming out of it hence we call that Obwore. The funny thing though is it happen everyday of the year excluding cloudy days.

Wuor: We have nothing but rather have fear and be mindful of the beasts of the night. Remember that Beasts are things that eats, killed, threatens, invades etc a home people, villages etc. Owuor things are lions, hyena, snakes etc.

P.S: There are things that do not add up for me with modern time based locations, size of Earth, distances on earth from one country to the other etc. What do we measure on the clock that exists on earth, why is it important that the differences between those time are respected. Where do they come from. Take bottom south, top North, West and North does not add up. Actually what is time itself in our daily lives and things around us?

Lokang Jackson July 8, 2016

03/05/2016, we lost one Oryema known famously as Bye Bye. Bye Bye is a South Sudanese. During the war he lived in Khartoum and worked there for years. He then transfer to Ethiopia and finally to Australia. His was the exemplary person for near all generation from as far as 1970 to date. He was an educator, scientist, religious and most of all understand social set of human more than any body I know within and outside all people around me. He is my cousin in reality, but he was the man that I and all the others we thought to step up and work hard to become the like of him. He was ordinary but swift, complex, but calmly close to every one. Because of that he managed to finish his study and graduate with a degree in health science. Though he is religious, he is one of the scientist who believes and disagree with scientist who thinks they know God and therefore challenge and criticise Him. In a short time of living in Australia, he has achieved a lot.

My entire life I have not seen him and I sang about that and asked anybody I know where he is. God willingly, I meet him, greeted him, drove him in my car, talked with him, discussed and a lot more. It is all gone now and a huge gap is left for all of us to fight win. Not easy as it sound rather difficult and takes time to accomplish.

Okello, We shall always miss you.

Lokang Jackson July 8, 2016

HISTORICAL: Historical names are for both future and pasts. We need to remember what happened our lives not keeping them in our memory only but also have them in front of us to remind us of our future. They also are used as warning for the next people that will follow. Growth in human life circle is a process that goes through changes, takes time etc

  1. Women(MON)
    1. Anyaka(girl): Historically, it is believe that a person of a female gender yields on entry or when they reach adulthood. Anyaka is an a female adolescence an age between young and old. I don't really know what is nyak of them but I might have to visit the elders for inquiry on that one. In case you know just post a comment.
    2. Dako(Woman): In the old days, especially Kingdom times, women where less considered because when they reach this stage of life, they have a decision to make. Some history said that women made choices as far as moving to a man into enemy territory. When this happened, it creates fear because they are likely to expose your strength the enemy or an enemy can use her to acquire knowledge about your kingdom. Not only that, when the marriage do not work and they return home with children call Okeyo, they are likely to take over a kingdom. So, people prefer to have boys those days rather than woman because they dak away
  2. Man
    1. Awobi(boy): This is the age where a son starts hunting, gathering, copying doing of his parents. They also start start hunting for not only wild but also women and that is most time a night work. They are assumed to be around their parents working, afraid to be caught by others when the sun is up.
    2. Cuo/cwo(men): Men a naturally assumed to take care hence the responsibility of protection lies in their hand. They need to wake up early, often etc to guide their people, family, animals etc. They also need to wake up early to wake up the boys for their duties hence cwo today, tomorrow ... everyday.

CULTURAL: As we all know it, culture is how we set up our societies based on understanding of time. It can change, evolve or even transform to something else. There are things that are available to a culture only once or only in a particular society. They could be the most ultimate needs, lack of, quest for, luck or inquiry to something.

  1. OKENGY or OKENGYI/AYAA: This names are given because the children are considered luck. Imagine a situation where both family wants a boy(s) or girl(s), but the reality is they get only the opposite. But there comes a time when they have given up that hop and here comes one of their choice out off all that are available yet not needed.
  3. ADIE or ADYE: In Luo, to be a first or last child is a eminent, but risky because of lack of experience of parents to cater for their child, provide all necessary needs even afford them. The last child is always special because its like saying good bye and entry into new life style. In another way, that is the child who will take care of the parents because the rest would have become independent or the experience with them becomes horrible so now there is a change to teach this the reverse.

DESCRIPTIVE: This are names that tells an events or happening at certain time in a life circle of the parents, family, relatives etc.

  1. OYO/AYO: Directly in one word, this is called Travel. They are children born when the family is in the process of either relocating, traveling, fleeing etc from their home, country, continent etc to another and a that child is born.
  2. ALUM/OLUM: In English if he is a boy is call BUSH. This child is born a way from home during the time of hunting, farming etc.

Lokang Jackson July 7, 2016

Bunga: Instead of thinking up high, lets create a planet right here on earth. The thinking associated with this planet or piece of land is that once had BUNGA, but the people were few in numbers because of several reasons, their numbers is now high in terms of population and caused or about to cause land degradation e.g. trees absent, soil erosion, water shortage, scarcities of food (fruits or animals). Now, I’m (you or anyone reading now) a member of this community (ies) or leader for that matter wanting to restore BUNGA back to its originality. Generally, I would try to think that major problems today in this societies or communities could be electricity, food, and unity. Luo in the past lives on the wild for food, electricity etc. We do not need to collate subjects/problems/issues on these matters no more, but rather solve the outlay of it all. Then, we need communities to have centers. Imagine having a community of hundred or more families with thousands or million people and all have a center. Definitely, there wouldn’t be those who would afford their basic needs and those are not our concern. We want to tackle those that cannot afford their basic needs at this time. Build community centers that solve most public problems equip with modern technologies e.g. dining, laundry, kitchen, storage etc. and use means like solar, generators etc to power them. Now we can put laws and regulation to restrict human destructions on environments including hunting for numbers of years. What do you hope to see? Me I see a moderate BUNGA restoration and all animals back in them. Let’s also think that by the time we finish and are happy with with our work, other colonies have already left deep into space. Then we just go get their land and do same thing or follow them wherever they went. Now I hope that does not make us be left behind in the trend of people growth.

Hiving: Hives are artificial houses of bees. Human makes hives for bees for many reaons e.g. honey, pollination, job, and increase number of bees and bring in new breeds, but bees too just hive into grounds holes, ant hills holes, and trees. To have many bees, you need lots of Things(trees, sorghum, corne flowers) to attract bees. You could also try to build as many hives as you can then when it is about to get full, or it is full you transfer the already about to or already full hive to replace with empty so that the working bees can start on the new hive and the transfered bees continues on the old hive. Bees are smart little insects that means they will know what you have done. What about human? well, we will full them by building same looking hives and put them too close to each other that they will know what happen but will not care what they do in either of them.

Transportation: What happens when this communities are all set up, but there is no communication amongst them? well, you either get one or build one. For this technology is simple to build. Just get a strong strings across from a point A to B (mountains, Trees, Rivers etc.). Tie and object that may transport people, information, or produce one string and another on the other string. The release both at the same while one on the hilly side and the other on lower altitude. The one traveling up and down must have more weight than the opposite. This is the general picture, but you now have to deal with breakings and speeds.

Solar System: there is no real electricity I have ever seen, but I can assume that we have all this resources lying right in our back yards. Kongo Atona flames, and bee wax melts right? Then this also means that if you can solidify bee wax and then deep a peace of cloth in Kongo Atona, then we should have enough electricity lighten our rooms, roads, houses, schools, etc.

  • metalisation
  • fuel
  • Aforestation
  • communications

Lokang Jackson July 1, 2016

Let's imagine as an undulation(Alung Tur) for a while. As we think about that, let's also try to imagine its formations, deformations, flatting, rising, etc. It is true however that undulation is never fix because it crows, decays, breaks, joins, falls, etc and are also affected by factors like rain, water, water current, wind, fire, age of growth of living organism e.g trees, head, cold etc. To keep it growing, we need to make sure it is always green meaning eliminating factors that affects it e.g. wind sweeping away fallen leaves which could accumulate to form soil, fire burning top manure and heating the ground. Head in the ground is a good thing because it creates cracks which can be filed with sands, rain water hence closing the cracks to form soil. We also need to remember that there are certain grass e.g. tuff grass, leaves like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc. The cover whatever is below them and hold the ones on top of it. What we might try to think of flatting it is removing every stone(hard object) and leaving only soil e.g. sand. They will just be wash away those affecting factors that might also explain why tunneling is so dangerous e.g. mining. It causes lives, it is costly experiment and wasteful.