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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Transfer of Power and Authority in Nto' Nso'
Authors:Fanso, Verkijika G.
Chem-Langhee, B.
Year:1989
Periodical:Paideuma
Volume:34
Pages:49-66
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Bamenda
succession
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper deals with the transfer of power and authority from one team of leaders to another in nto'Nso' or Nso' palace among the Nso' (Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon). Specifically, it discusses the position of the Fon, supreme ruler or king, his death and burial, the selection and installation of the new Fon, and the functions, selection and installation of those persons who must be installed with the new Fon within the same period to complete the process. These persons include the Taawong, the prince-priest who acts as the deputy high priest to the Fon; the Yeewong, the princess-priest who assists the Fon or the Taawong during rituals and sacrifices; and the Yeefon, the real or putative mother of the Fon. The description refers to the situation as it was in 1908, 1910, 1947, 1972 and 1983, as recounted by various informants. Bibliogr., gloss., notes.
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