Northern Luo

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Luo, Northern


a group of related peoples living in the southern Sudan. They include the Shilluk, Anuak, Burun, and Maban, as well as the Luo (Jur), Thuri (Cat and Shatt), and Bor. Total population, about 500,000 (1970, estimate). The language of the Northern Luo belong to the Nilotic languages. The majority of the Northern Luo retain traditional beliefs (nature worship, cult of ancestors); some are Muslims. Their chief occupation is livestock raising.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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