The Nuer honor and appease the spirits of their ancestors. Cattle are sacrificed to god and the spirits. As among the neighboring Dinka, religious thought and practice is a dialogue with Kuoth.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Nuer people are a Nilotic ethnic group concentrated in the Greater Upper Nile region of South Sudan. They also live as a refugees in the Ethiopian region of Gambella. The Nuer speak the Nuer language, which belongs to the Nilotic language family.
Both Nuer and Dinka are cattle herders on the vast savannas of the region. The Nuer are fully transhumant; the Dinka less so as their environment is less harsh and better watered, consisting of orchard savanna rather than the treeless plains of Nuerland.
1: a member of a Nilotic people of southern Sudan. 2: the language of the Nuer people.
The Dinka and Nuer, two rival pastoralist groups, have competed over grazing land and water for their cattle in the past. These clashes have usually taken place in a local context without causing massive amounts of fatalities.
The Nuer, like the Dinka, wear little or no clothing, especially the men. Women will more commonly wear a brief skirt of cloth or skin. Women wear wire and bead necklaces and headdresses. Young men are initiated by circumcision and six cuts across the forehead.
The majority of Sudan’s population is Muslim, belonging overwhelmingly to the Sunni branch. Sunni Islam in Sudan, as in much of the rest of Africa, has been characterized by the formation of tarīqahs, or Muslim religious brotherhoods.
Because the land is flooded for part of the year and parched for the rest of it, they spend the rainy season in permanent villages built on the higher ground and the dry season in riverside camps.
Salva Dut was born in a rural village in southwestern Sudan to the Dinka tribe. At 11 years old, the Sudanese Civil War reached his village and separated Salva from his family.
But how the Dinka became some of the tallest people in the world has been somewhat of a mystery. A popular explanation is nutrition – a calorie-stuffed diet rich in dairy products, grains, and meat. Dinka primary nutrition is milk and organic food.
What is the history between the Nuers and the Dinka tribe? The woman from the Jur-chol tribe brings him food and lets him stay in the barn because there is no bad blood between the tribes. The Dinka and Nuer had a long history of trouble over land and many had been killed in battles over 100 years.
Facial scarification is practiced among many ethnic groups in South Sudan, and various marks across the faces of tribesmen give identity to the tribe and beauty to its women. Men of the Dinka tribe in South Sudan scar their faces with three parallel lines across the forehead in a rugged display of courage to the tribe.