The primary religion of the people is an ethnic religion based on nature and ancestor worship that is deeply rooted in their ethnic identity; conversion to another religion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. Their chief occupation is livestock raising, supplemented by hoe farming, hunting, and fishing.
In recent times, the Murle people have traditionally raided the Lotuko, Lopit and other tribes in the area, abducting their children.
Land is held in trust by the community; with no single person in authority. In the mountains, a group of people decide they will make gardens in a certain place. The group decide the boundaries of each person's garden, with certain areas being fallow (for up to 10 years) and other areas open to cultivation (for up to 4 years).