Budja people


Budja / Buja / Budza

The Budja live in the forests of the western Democratic Republic of Congo.

Population is estimated around 647,000

The Budja people make their homes, planting small gardens with staples of yams and plantain to supplement their diet of abundant fish.

Although local roads are sparse and largely impassable, the Congo River provides transport to markets.

Some men travel by river to urban areas in search of more lucrative employment.

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Underlying other religious professions, traditional beliefs assume that both good and bad events have spiritual causes addressed through appropriate prayers, sacrifices or ceremonial rituals.

As a matrilineal culture, Budja inheritance passes through the mother, and the matriarch is considered head of the family or clan. Traditional chiefs also play an important and highly respected role in Budja communities.

Budja families construct their homes of local materials and usually roof them with leaves or woven palm shingles. Besides fishing and gardening, to supplement both their diet and their income they gather forest products: wild game, snails, caterpillars, firewood, rattan vines, palm wine, palm nuts and palm oil.

"Les Budja proviennent de la région de l’Uele où ils vivaient avec les Bagenza, les Mobango et les groupes apparentés...

Les Budja et les groupes apparentés sont facilement identifiés par leurs villages, qui portent les noms des fondateurs précédés de Ya, par exemple Ya-Ligimba (Yaligimba), Ya-Molanga (Yamolanga), Ya-Ndombo (Yandombo), Ya-Mongili (Yamongili)."

Budja people

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Mbuja / Budja people