Lowland, Stephen M.|
Geography Field work Mbamnga 1
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
Mbamnga: p1 Inhabitants Mambila Fulani and eg Kambu from Ndu in Cameroon
as well as Kaka. popn c 9000. People go the Cameroon for farming then return
after a few years to compound in Mbamnga.
p13 Mbamnga founded by Mambila family
from Kimi around the time of the 1WW. Tib-Nyanduo (strong as a lion) was chief
for 23 yrs. his son after that for 8 yrs. Then a relative for 2 yrs since chn
17 Magic before communal hunt. Game must be treated by juju leaders
before women can see it. Shared out in front of chiefs palace. 22 juju leader
must permit the sale of harvest - first crops cant be sold till permission
23-4 Councillors/attendants to chief have special dress. 31 Bird scarers
36 Palm wine protected from theft by placing figurines in the raffia
grove. Women mustn't see these else they die.
41 Carving figures etc in forest
after special magic.
42 "Some of these idols are used as an export - to other
country who like to keep idols for their home amusement. In fact they are very
much liked by the europeans travellers who come across them."
43 carved idols as
images of kings and of animals - of kings etc "there is one image which shows
the ppearance of one of their kings who used to be very angry to his people.
Here is is (sic) quite described after his death in from of an idol done in clay
44 "Carving is one important branch of their sculptures for now
stones are not more use for carving. The oly things carved out of stones are
placed in some places where other people lived first."
48 Stone sculpture now
totally wiped out.
47 A sculptor called Jumba (died c 1960) made figures of
Chief of Mbamnga and a hunter who killled a lion. His son Sokia Jumba now the
only carver working.
49 Pots. Most decorated ones used for storing magical
things. "Big juju pot called "tol su" Women are not allowed to take any drink
out of this pot. ... Only the leaders and chiefs can drik from it." Cant be
handled by non practitioners.
49 The most powerful of the juju leaders is
Chiefur Fuh followed by Mbapu who has recently died (ie c. 1965) leaving his son
on the throne. Both dead but their names retained.
50 Religion called su or
singer. Tol su pot illustrated - appears to have legs, and note says thigs for
the juju are cooked in it. Also p 51 beer pot with face - face of chief, only
chief can drink from it. pot for water and cooking = thol shield = beer
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