Yuktap, Ephasian Nchaseh|
A study in Historical Geography
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
| Bang =? 3
Corner border post beyond Mbamnga?
Origins - from Banyo Kimi and Ribadu because of inter-tribal wars. The
original 4 groups were Bang, Leng, Kaka and Lih. The Bang first settled on Bak
and Mambak hills. Leng first on Chu hill, Lih at Kuff hill and Kaka on Ndim
hill. Came down from hills with peace. But then further fighting - between
Bang and Leng people who moved off to Fim where they came under the
protectionnnn of the Lih people. The Bang then pushed the Kaka who had settled
at Chu towards Cameroon. Some Lih people later moved to Cameroon because of
land shortage. recent immigrants are Fulani, Hausa and Banso. in 1900 only 5-6
houses per compound which were not fenced. Now more houses and enclosure. Many
Cameroon immigrants houses round to rectangular etc.
40 "Idols are still badly
needed by few pagans as they keep them in their shrines as gods. There have
been trade in idols// in the previous years through the elders took it to be
illegal. Som many people from the Cameroon came to buy idols and this
encourage some of the carvers to continue their work. They made a lot of money
from it. An idol could be sold for about N30 (c. 20 sterling) where by the
buyer will re-sale it to Cameroon for a reasonable price. Europeans also like
idols for decoration. Some of the carvings were colected to Jos museum.
Xtian, 35% Muslim 15% Pagan.
54 Traditonal regn: offerings by Nimbang, matib,
Jo'o and Mangu streams plus some special trees and shrines. Shibang has
central ritual enclosure where discussionn etc occurs. but major rites occur
near Fim where trad ruler and juju leader live. Senior men with drums and juju
inside inner enclosure, women and chn. outside... Also 2 minor shrines at Leng
and Lebang. Annual hunt in reserved place called "Bahvel" - can't hunt or get