The art and craft of a Mambila village Vakude
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
Vakude: From Kimi,
driving out someone else from this site. Nvim = iron anklet/rattle Burl =
anvil Yung - bell, single or double. Painted or decorated type used for juju
and for divination. Women in special clan are potters. Double necked beer
vases but no comment - drawings are of same style as that in Somie - narrow
necks. Trade in juju - only to woners of juju and to other villages. Festival
+ funeral of senior men, others sued for harvest, and to protect fields and
raffia. Sun worship - juju as messenger, women = unclean so not see it.
24 "for decorating the juju shrine or store. Old and honoured
men are allowed to keep them in their parlour. Masks are gaurds of the juju."
"It is believed that the masks are messenger of the juju. When a juju ownere
is seriously ill and is sure that he is going to die, the masks would prove it
to the elderly men. All the masks on the shrine of the juju would fall down
from the store." shield = be/r kerl = large beer basket kamidu = woven raffia
"mamabila rain coat" (as seen in Tep by DZ) Granary = Ndub Juju store - "Masks
nets and rainbow painting are fundamental design for the store. Feather of
birds are also hung on the store." "During the building of a store those
building it must not eat food cooked from old pots, and must not lie with
their wives. Touching goats (or a rope used to tie goats) or eggs are
forbidden by the law of juju tradition. The men must not wear shirts or any
cap except by permission of the elders. Even if the store is built in dry
season, there must be showers of rain." Owner of juju declares a day of rest
to be observed by whole village. Store built to prevent women seeing juju.
Feast for new juju usu. during the annual juju festival.
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