Yamni, John N.|
Settlements, Compounds and Building - an investigation of recent changes
among the Lip Mambila
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
part of Bang popn approx 1000. Language = Ju bo Lip. Lip = 1/4 mile from
Cameroon. Bang is to the N, Cameroon to E and S, Saam and Mbaat to the W.
Coffee arabica as cash crop. religion christian or pagan. Only 1muslim in Lip!
5 No traditional religion any more! Original settlements on hilltops
surrounded by thorn and fig tree fence. Sacred tree near the one gate into the
hamlet. Special site for wrestling in August after harvest. Fixed order -
started in Lelip then moved through the hamlets in order of thier importance.
Chief of all Lip called Toh, hamlet heads called Mboh
10 trad compoun house
each per wife, h, grown sons, grown d's, granaries and juju shrines (built
same way as ordinary grannary) plus medicines - only the juju man of the
compound had access. Compounds enclosed.
21 Peace plus cattle => move from
hilltops to valley bottoms. Muslims have different styles of enclosure fence
from Xtians some Xtians abanndonned them altogather - no longer a prohibition
on women seeing the jujus!
43 People from Lip have migrated to Gembu, Nguroje