THE TEPES PEOPLES CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER

 

THE TEPES (SO, TEPETH) PEOPLE

The Tepes are sometimes referred to by the same term as their language, the So.
Originally hunter-gatherers, they have completely assimilated with the surrounding Karimojong tribes and they now practice pastoralism as well as some subsistence farming. Currently, they inhabit three mountainous areas in the Karamoja region: Kadam, Napak, and
Mount Moroto. Because of climate change, lack of security and development progress in the region like their Karimojong neighbours, the Tepes have been victims and perpetuators of cattle rustling and armed conflict, and they have been becoming increasingly dependent on international aid and handouts. This has led to a considerable cultural decay, due to which the language is not being passed onto next generations and original cultural practices have been sinking into oblivion..

A considerable research on their culture was done in the 1970s by Laughlin, Charles.
Read here: Ethnographic information by Charles Laughlin.

 

A DICTIONARY OF SO

A dictionary of So has been published online by Heine, Bernd & Eithne Carlin.
Read here: A dictionary of So.

 


 

 

"...it is only from the insights of its own creative seers and artists that any people has ever derived its appropriate, life-supporting, and maturing myths and rites."
Joseph Campbell