Geography Field work Ndum-yaji
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
Ndum-yaji: 4 groups =
Mekuhwum, Cobso, Nkulor and Magam. From KImi originally left because of war
and land shortage. To Ma-Ntem, left there bcos popn. pressure. Common origin
with Mambilla - sim customs. 3 prinicpal Kaka towns = Ndumyaji, Warkaka, Ateri
with Angeri and Sakaka.
63 Caves Smaller in Magam territory, larger in Mekuhum
(Jiyir) area. Found by hunter chasing an animal - met spirits in cave who told
him to put oil on entrance, not to allow strangers and not to hunt the animals
in the caves.
66 DO from Gashaka tried to get in without oil but it was too
narrow for him!
84 Names of some of the gods Wantap, Wan, Kuru, Jimbrin, Buing
and So. Wantap = F of all of the others. Only comes out when about to clear
fields to protect against w/c.
97 Special stick = Nkengen in comp ofWantap
leader - pour wine, flour communicate with Wantap.
85 Single bell = "Wantaps
bead" USED FOR OATHS IN COURT. Wan = W of Wantap, she is god of peace - plant
called Wan is her symbol. Comes out 3x a year. Kuru - crops comes out before
harvest to bless new crop. Jimbrin - funerals and clearing farms. Buing -
thunder and rain. So - hunting and war. NB Qv illustrations. First church
89 Evening before hunt prohibit splitting of wood, beating of dog. Women
dance through night before, men night aftr hunt. As they return from hunt the
SO juju beats y men. Bag = mbom basket = nguk mortar = nkwir pot = ngen
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