African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 188

Article in Press

A History of Quttoo Traditional Practice among the Guji Oromo; the Case of Bule Hora District, West Guji zone, Southern Ethiopia

Dagm Alemayehu

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
The major goal of this study was to reconstruct the history quttoo tradition of the Guji Oromo. To achieve this goal, an attempt was made to collect authentic data sources from local elders, women and youths orally. The written documents which have relation with the study also examined and cross checked. The Guji people exercises different traditional practices which are set in the Guji customary laws. Quttoo is an ornament material usually worn by the Guji girls before getting marriage. This material plays the plenty roles for women particularly the girls in the Guji culture. The most known function of quttoo tradition are sociocultural, economic and political functions. Since the beginning of the Gada system of governance, the outlook of the Guji people towards the females was lower. For instance, the women cannot participate in the political system. However, this important traditional practice helped the Guji girls to be honorable sects with in the society. Generally, the quttoo tradition is an umbrella for the Guji women particularly, the girls to protect them from different human violence and ideological inferiority.

Keywords: Culture, Guji, Practice, Quttoo, Tradition