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Bubembe is one of the Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria (Ennyanja Nnalubaale) in the country of Uganda. The Ssese Islands were also known as “the islands of the gods.” They are located in the region of the Buganda people (also called “Baganda”). Ruled by kings (kabakas) who were seen as divine, the precolonial kingdom of the Buganda, now an administrative district of Uganda, was one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms in the Lake Victoria region. According to Buganda legend, Kintu, the first Bugandan king, founded both the sacred and physical worlds of the Buganda, returning after this life to the sacred realm from which all the kabakas originated, “disappearing” from the physical realm rather than dying. Likewise, from this sacred realm, they continued ...

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