The Dinka and the Cow

Posted: May 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems., Taban Abel Aguek

By Taban Abel Aguek, Yirol, South Sudan


high dowry price in south sudan

My friend got a new name

Just yesterday.

Many years ago,

He was called Jier,

The name his Dinka father gave him.

In school,

He became Moses,

The name a catholic priest gave him.


He is called Makuei-kok

The name is new bull gave him.

Now I have a plenty

All of his name options:

Jier, Moses, Makuei-Kok

But here is the problem:

When Makuei-Kok marries his next wife

His son shall be called Makuei, after the same bull.

When his son Makuei marries;

His son shall be called Majak,

After the pride bull he paid for a dowry.

Later, when Majak marries

His son shall be called Makuei,

Just after his grandfather, Makuei Snr.

Jier’s great grand child full name shall be:

Makuei Majak Makuei.

A bull successfully deletes names of generations.

But then there’s James.

His son is called Joseph.

Joseph’s son, John, full name: John Joseph James

What a religion can do,

Even a cow can do

Here in the Dinka land…

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