According to Bishop Jjumba, embracing the use of backcloths in the burial of priests will emphasize the existing interrelation between the Church and Ganda traditions, which has been misconstrued by many people who perceive culture as devilish.
Right Reverend Serverus Jjumba, the
Bishop Masaka Catholic Diocese has issued a decree directing the use of
backcloth as part of burial garments for priests in the diocese.
He says that the
traditional Ganda wear is included among the burial garments as a symbol of
respect to culture. He announced the directive on Thursday at Bukalasa priest’s cemetery in
Kalungu district during the burial of Reverend Monsignor, Joseph Kato
Ssempungu, the former Vicar General of Masaka Diocese, on whom the norm began.
to Bishop Jjumba, embracing the use of backcloths in the burial of priests will
emphasize the existing interrelation between the Church and Ganda traditions,
which has been misconstrued by many people who perceive culture as devilish.
Ideally, bodies of priests are dressed in their official attires that
include among other their liturgical chasubles usually as the last cloths,
before the remains are put in the caskets for burial. But Bishop Jjumba says
that the backcloth will be the last wrapping garment on the body before it is
eventually placed into the casket.
//Cue in; (Luganda) “kyakuyiga
Cue out; …..tugende nakyo.”//
Notably, the Right Reverend Serverus Jjumba the third Bishop of Masaka
Catholic Diocese could be rightly following the footsteps and philosophies of
his predecessor, Bishop Adrian Kivumbu Ddugu who was also an ardent advocate of
Traditional African cultural norms, which he regularly integrated into the
Some of Ddungu’s memorable deeds that initially appeared weird
were his free participation in the last funeral rites ritual, the Ganda traditional
practice he also encouraged during his lifetime (1962-1998). Bishop Ddungu also
started the practice of priests being installed as heirs of deceased persons in
traditional ceremonies, something many people had not witnessed or even
Backcloths are produced from the back of trees. In Buganda, Backcloths
are used for traditional rituals including burials.