The Kasubi Hill Tombs of the Buganda People

The mausoleum of Buganda kings in Kasubi, Uganda is both an innovative burial site and an architectural marvel. Built with all natural materials and balancing on wooden poles stuck firmly in the ground, this UNESCO world heritage site is a must see for tourists.

Kabaka Muteesa I was born in 1837 at the Batandabezaala Palace. He ascended the throne upon the death of his father in October 1856. He built himself a palace on the Kasubi Hill in 1881, and was buried there in a tomb when he died in 1884. Interestingly enough, he was the first of his line to be buried with his jawbone. Traditionally, the jawbone was placed in a shrine because it was believed to contain the spirit of the deceased.

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Bad news.

I was in Kampala this March, arriving on the day that the tombs burnt down. It was a national disaster and the country went into mourning. The good news is that no one was killed though. However, the ensuing riots resulted in the deaths of at least 6 people. Here's a link to the bbc story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8571719.stm
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