The Dinka people(Dinka: Jiɛ̈ɛ̈ŋ) are a Nilotic ethnic group native to South Sudan, but also having a sizable diaspora population. They mostly live along the Nile, from Mangalla to Renk, in regions of Bahr el Ghazal,Upper Nile (former two of three Southern Provinces in Sudan) and Abyei Area of the Ngok Dinka in South Sudan.
The Dinka mainly live on traditional agriculture and pastoralism, relying on cattle husbandry as a cultural pride, not for commercial profit or for meat, but cultural demonstrations, rituals, marriages’ dowries and milk feedings for all ages.
Dinka has sizable potential population of more than 5million people.
Subdivisions of Jieng People (Dinka Tribe – Muonyjang). The Dinka (Jieeng) people has fifty six subdivisions: (Our list begin from Sun set)
Rek of Wau (Dinka Marial Baai),
Pajook Malual (Malual Gieernyaang/ Malual Buoth Anyaar),
Yaar Ayiei Cikom,
Twi (Twic of Jonglei),
Luac Akok(Luac of Khorfulus),
Ngok Lual Yak (Ngok of Malakal),
Ruweng Aloor and Ngok Jok (Ngok of Abyei).
Noted that the Rek, Padaang, Malual and Agaar are groups which are composed of independent sub-divisions, each with known borders and a customary authority which managed the affairs of the section alongside governmental structures. In other word, there is no such thing as “Rek paramount Chief, but Rek paramount chiefs.”
The number of Dinka sub-divisions is hotly contested as the border or line between group, sub-division and sections is blurred and often difficult to determine. For example, one can divide the Atuot into Apak and Reel, Boor into Athooc and Gok, and Panaruu into Awet and Kuel and Ciec into Ador and Lou where Lour is sub-divided into Kuachdit, Kuacthii, Ajiek and many others and Ador is sub-divided into Ajak and Gok. Malual is the largest of those groups, numbering over a million people.
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