Geography Field work Ndum-yaji
Department of Geography, Teacher's College,
Unpublished Local Study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 1939.
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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