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The Bachwezi are said to be the founders of the ancient Kitara Empire. The Kitara Empire ruled over Uganda, northern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Malawi. The African Great Lakes region is also known as the Chwezi Empire, Bachwezi/Chwezi, or Empire of the Moon.
The Bachwezi, the descendants of the Batembuzi dynasty, are supposed to have dominated the region traditionally. There was little recorded about the Bachwezi, and their dynasty appears to have been brief, with just three monarchs chronicled in their history. Ndahura, Mulindwa, and Wamara were the Bachwezi rulers of Ankole.
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Because of the Bacwezi’s mysterious behaviors, they were thought to be demi-gods and were worshiped by various Bachwezi clans. Following their reign, the Babiito Dynasty replaced them, and we now have the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom, which likewise has a significant history of powerful kingdoms in Uganda.
Ndahura is the name of the first bachwezi monarch.
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According to history, the Chwezi dynasty reigned at Bigo bya Mugyenyi in Uganda from roughly 1000AD to 15000AD. Bigo bya Mugyenyi cultural and archeological site is located in western Uganda and is distinguished by massive curving rocks around the area and a thatched house with sharp-pointed spears at the entrance. Many people still believe in this and come to the site to worship the gods and communicate with the Bachwezi ghosts who live among the stones and in the hut.
When praying to the gods here, you must humble yourself, just as you would to other gods. Bigo bya Mugyenyi archeological site includes Bachwezi caverns and a worshipping area for those who worship these gods. The prayer area features baskets where you may lay monetary gifts to the gods to keep tourists safe while they are at the site and in the shrines.
The caverns at the location are located on a hill where you will trek and be accompanied by the gods’ chosen caretakers. The tunnels are dark, and the trail through them leads to the exit and a location teeming with wild animals such as water bucks, duikers, bushbucks, snakes, and other creatures. You’ll learn about the mythical creek known as Kabeho at this location, where traditional healers take their patients for cleaning.
Just above the creek are many thatched cottages, the largest of which is estimated to be hundreds of years old. This is a location where people come to pray and worship the gods. The house is adorned with hides and skins, thick bamboo pipes, beads, various types of pottery, spears, and mats.
The Bachwezi are thought to have been the prominent cattle keepers, and there is a vast empty kraal behind the house where they used to store their animals. As a result, some devotees travel to this location with milk to fill the calabashes in the hut as a gift to the gods. There is a pool of water at this location that has been kept for a long time since it is revered as the past monarchs’ lavatory. It is said that here is where monarchs obtained their ability to reign over their subjects.
According to Prince Mkungu Frank Nzhuzuure, he is the 37th successor of the Bachwezi dynasty descended from Wamala, and the descendants of Wamala still possess comparable magical powers today.
When you visit this location, you will also notice an old strong wall that is supposed to have been a perimeter wall built to encircle the Chwezi monarchs’ palace. Following the disappearance of the Bachwezi monarchs, it is reported that the Buganda kings, especially Mwanga II, inhabited this palace during their visits to the site.
The Bachwezi is credited for introducing Ankole long-horned cattle, iron smelting, coffee cultivation, and the earliest semblance of organized and unified governance under a monarch. Nobody knows where the Bachwezi ended up, although some say they were demi-gods who traveled and possibly vanished in Lake Albert, while others believe they vanished into Lake Wamala, which was named after one of the kings. According to one well-known academic, the Bachwezi became integrated with indigenous people and might be the Bahima found in Ankole, Uganda, and Tutsi in Rwanda and Burundi.