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Basimba people Clan names

The Basimba people culture of naming their children and the way of their life, general custom and belief can be differentiated by way of a particular Basimba sub-division group or clan at a particular time.

The Basimba clan refers to the network of families with their surnames names of family, history. It serves the Basimba people as a constant chant to remind them of the histories they are tied to within their culture. The Basimba people know a lot about a Musimba a Basimba particular group through his clan, family names. This often allows for certain protocols to be followed. In the culture of Africa, when one comes upon someone with a certain Basimba clan name they automatically know where they are from. The Basimba people clan naming is a cultural science perfected by the clan thousands of years ago. In the Basimba people culture even individuals have totems. These totems may be related to something within their destinies, some historical event that they were a seminal part of, a call upon them by the spirits, the taking on of a new responsibility or title, a wish by the Basimba people ancestors.

Among the Basimba people, settlement sub-divisions were created called "new settlements" (Muwuluko). The connection is that the originator of a particular Basimba group was separated from the main body and built a new settlement.

These Basimba people new settlements arose from various reasons, such as:

The Basimba people's primary and secondary totems are looked upon in entirely different lights. The primary totem is real taboo among the Basimba people, it may not be killed, eaten, touched and in some cases not even looked upon, but the secondary totem is a friendlier thing altogether and is often described by the Basimba people as the brother of the clan.

For example, the Omugurusi of the Basimba Dog Clan is Mauwe. On the day of his birth a dog also had puppies. The dog often cleaned the child by licking it. Mauwe later, out of gratitude, ordered his Basimba descendants to consider the dog as their friend and the dog became the secondary totem of the clan.

  • If a Musimba Clan member leaves his fathers family and settles in a new area, but keeps contact with his father's family. The Basimba founder of a new settlement becomes after several generations its head and not the clan head as he would be if he has severed all connections with his father's original home.
  • When a Basimba people clan group grows too big it is found practicable to divide the members into smaller family units for easier dealing with such matters as inheritance, maintenance of female descendants, etc. The senior member of each of these new sub-divisions became the Muwuluko head.
  • If quarrels break out among the Basimba clan members and relatives take sides, each side constitutes itself as a sub-division with its senior member as its Muwuluko head and either adopts a new totem.


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