Luo

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Luo

 

a people of Kenya, living primarily along the shores of Lake Victoria. The Luo are closely related to the Gaya (Giranga) and Dama. Population, 1.4 million (1967 estimate). The Luo language belongs to the Nilotic group. Most Luo have preserved their traditional beliefs, although some are Muslims and Christians. In some regions the Luo live together with the Bantu Luhya, with whose material and spiritual culture they have much in common. Their chief occupation is farming (corn, millet, sorghum), but many migrate seasonally to cities in search of work.

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