Sorghum Pasta Analysis

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Historically, Rwandans used to eat sorghum pasta called “Rukacarara” in Kinyarwanda language. However, nowadays it is hard to see people eating it, but for Nkuranga Felicien’s family, it is still an important meal. One Saturday at 9 AM, I went to Nkuranga’s house in Kamonyi district to take part of their family, as cultural anthropologist, and to analyze what I observed. This is a family of old people, Nkuranga aged 80 years old and her wife Mukarukundo Melanie aged 68 years old, and 12 and 15 young girls Diane and Pascaline respectively who were their grandchildren. This field log was designed to report what I observed during the time I spent in Nkuranga’s family.
The activity Rukacarara: this is sorghum pasta made from sorghum
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Why do you use sorghum flour?
• In Rwandan culture sorghum symbolizes harvest or production and you can see my husband went to harvest the sorghum so this is to recognize that we were able to produce based on the Almighty God’s wish. In addition, this is our life from our childhood, so we want to teach our grandchildren how we lived and shared food happily.
2. Why do you drink milk while you are eating Rukacarara?
• This is because milk has been always an important food in Rwandan life, so eating Rukacarara shows richness and prosperity. This is because when you have milk and production you do not suffer anything else.
3. What are some rituals that were associated to “Rukacarara”?
• People ate in weddings and in a harvest ritual called “Umuganura” which took place in August to celebrate the production made by Rwandans. People also, ate Rukacarara, in the event of giving a name to a new born in the family. During that event, the host prepared Rukacarara and put it to a big plate called “inkoko” together with beans. He invited all children to eat and that event was called “Kurya ubunnyano”. The parents were happy seeing their children sharing food

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