the Niloten are a set of African peoples, who speak nilotische languages.

The Niloten was originally farmers and cattle breeders. Of their “Urheimat “, which probably lay in the south Sudan, they spread in the last centuries particularly to the south and partially bantusprachige peoples subjected. Today they, beside the Sudan, live particularly in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and in the extreme west of Ethiopia. During the south migration some groups probably gave their language up in favor of the language of the conquered ones. The Niloten moving after the south became partial pure cattle breeders, as for instance the Massai.

The Niloten is very dark-membranously and often remarkably large and slim compared with the peoples living in the abessinischen high country.

The following peoples rank among the Niloten:


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