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.
The Nuer have a traditional religious worldview usually called “animistic.” But they worship a supreme being called Kwoth (Kuoth) who has various manifestations with which some claim to have personal relationships. The Nuer pray for health and well-being, offering sacrifices to Kwoth so he will answer their petitions.
Nuer, people who live in the marsh and savanna country on both banks of the Nile River in South Sudan. They speak an Eastern Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan language family.
Due to the fact that the Nuer supported the Sudanese government in the civil war, they were seen as not supportive enough of the new South Sudanese government. This sparked bloodshed between the Dinka and Nuer, which is considered by some to be the next civil war in South Sudan (Howden, 2013).
1: a member of a Nilotic people of southern Sudan. 2: the language of the Nuer people.
South Sudan’s two predominant and most populous tribes, the Dinka and Nuer were longtime rivals who had battled over land and resources since at least the 19th century. As herders most historical inter-communal conflicts between these two communities are necessitated by geographic and not necessarily political factors.
Dinka are sometimes noted for their height. With the Tutsi of Rwanda, they are believed to be the tallest people in Africa. Roberts and Bainbridge reported the average height of 182.6 cm (5 ft 11.9 in) in a sample of 52 Dinka Agaar and 181.3 cm (5 ft 11.4 in) in 227 Dinka Ruweng measured in 1953–1954.
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.
The Nuer language ( Thok Naath ) is a Nilotic language of the Western Nilotic group. It is spoken by the Nuer people of South Sudan and in western Ethiopia (region of Gambela). The language is very similar to Dinka and Atuot. Nuer language has a Latin-based alphabet.
It blends the true story of Salva Dut whose story is based in 1985, a part of the Dinka tribe and a Sudanese Lost Boy, and the fictional story of Nya whose story is based in 2008, a young village girl that was a part of the Nuer tribe.
In December 2013, President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup d’état. Machar denied trying to start a coup and fled to lead the SPLM – in opposition (SPLM-IO). Fighting broke out between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and SPLM-IO, igniting the civil war.
What impact did the use of guns have on the conflict between the Dinka and the Nuer tribes? Guns had a negative impact on the two tribes. wamions were killed – women and children were off limits. Also, guns were new weapons and so the tribes felt you could use them and not be quilty for it.
Civil war was sparked in 1983 when the military regime tried to impose sharia law as part of its overall policy to “Islamicize” all of Sudan. Beginning in 1983, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) led insurrections in the south, a region dominated by Animists and Christians.