The African Great Lakes region, from where most Lukwata stories stem.
|Sub grouping||Lake Monster|
|Country||Uganda, African Great Lakes|
|Habitat||Lakes, rivers and swamps|
Lukwata (Luganda for 'sea serpent', the nominal form of kukwata, lit. 'to seize') is a legendary water-dwelling creature in Baganda folklore, said to be found in Lake Victoria of Uganda. It has been described as 20–30 feet long, with dark smooth skin and a rounded head, and known to attack fishermen and boats. It may have also been related in some way to spirits and deities related to canoes and fishing  Pieces of the Lukwata were thought to have magical properties and were revered as relics in eastern Africa.
- Pilkingont, G. L. (1892). Luganda-English and English-Luganda Vocabulary. London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. p. 61 – via HathiTrust.
- Crabtree, Willaim Arthur (1902). Elements of Luganda Grammar. London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. p. 194 – via Internet Archive.
- Kenny, Michael G. (1977). "The Powers of Lake Victoria". Anthropos. Anthropos-Institut. 77 (5–6): 717–733.
- Radford, Benjamin (May 5, 2006). Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 146. ISBN 0-8131-7130-X.
- Hichens, William (December 1937). "African Mystery Beasts". Discovery: The Popular Journal of Knowledge. John Murray. 18: 372.
|This article relating to an African myth or legend is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|