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Sudan / Peoples /
Bari


People of southern Sudan, with a population of 480,000 (2002 estimate).
Their society has a feudal character, in which its inhabitants are divided into freemen and serfs, in addition to groups consisting of craftsmen, hunters and others. Central in their society are 150 patrilineal clans, consisting mainly of freemen.
Even today it is common in their society to go through initiation ceremonies, where the pulling of the lower front teeth and scar tattoos are used to signal belonging to a group.
Their language belongs to the Nilo-Saharan family.
Their main economic actitivites are linked to agriculture and pastoral farming.
The Bari religion is centered around the belief in a god with a dual character, a good divine half residing in the sky and an unreliable and even evil divine half residing on the earth. The Bari believe that man becomes earthly bound spirits when they die. Sacrifices are made to the spirits of the deceased.




By Tore Kjeilen