| Yuktap, Ephasian Nchaseh
A study in Historical Geography
Department of Geography, Teacher's College,
Unpublished Local Study
=? 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
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.
51 50% 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