Agwaga Description

Description of Agwaga: The Agwaga is a dominant type of song in the Anuak area as well as a cornerstone ritual and dance. The Agwaga displays the relationship between the people and the chief and is highly descriptive of village values and beliefs. Agwagas are dances and they are songs. As songs, they are chiefly war songs though not always. As dances, they center on the chief and his relationship to the tribe members. The Agwaga texts have been described as being the major source of tribal history and they contain much of this. The chief is described and compared and praised. But basically, the Agwaga is a war song transmitting information of who was brave, describing the battle, the reasons for war, and as always, pleas by the singer to have his needs met.