Rituals and Human Development
An Exploration of Experiences of The Sabiny of Eastern Uganda On Rites of Initiation To Adulthood
Faced with the paradox of increasing economic growth facilitated by international funding and abundant resources in Uganda and the decreasing quality of life of the people on the other hand, the need for the study on human development became timely.
It appeared that the problems of human development are also behavioral and are a result of poor relationships and interactions.
It therefore became necessary to take a cultural approach in which the moral fibre of the communities is rooted to solve problems of human development.
Using ethnographic methods, the study of the significance of rites of passage in human development; a case of rites of initiation to adulthood among the Sabiny of Eastern Uganda, was embarked on to find the link between ritual performance and human development.
It was revealed that human development is a process of nurturance achieved through a functional social structure.
Rites of initiation to adulthood were identified as mechanisms to enforce this functioning of the social structures through continuous mentoring of people towards role fulfillment, formation of age-set groups that offer support in roles fulfillment, monitoring and evaluation.
Tabitha Naisiko (PhD) is a Lecturer in Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre Jinja, a Catholic seminary affiliated to Uganda Martyrs University.She is also a secretary of Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT).
Her specialization and research interests are cultural anthropology and applied ethics.