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Title:Toward a Hermeneutic of Wimbum Tfu
Author:Bongmba, Elias K.
Year:1998
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:41
Issue:3
Period:December
Pages:165-191
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Mbum (Cameroon, Central African Republic)
witchcraft
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/525358
Abstract:'Tfu' is an important concept around which many Wimbum people of the Northwest Province of Cameroon organize their lives. The Wimbum people use three different terms, 'bfui', 'brii' and 'tfu', to differentiate among various phenomena that are often lumped together under the term 'witchcraft' in much of the Western literature. The author discusses these terms, provides an analysis of the way the Wimbum people use and understand them, and explains the ways in which their meanings differ from those implied by the English term 'witchcraft'. He argues that postmodern perspectives help interpret 'tfu' as power, economic, and religious discourse, thus making it possible to attempt an ethical critique of the negative aspects of Wimbum 'tfu'. The paper is based on the author's experiences living in Wimbum society and conducting pastoral work in Wimbum communities in the Donga Mantung Division of the Northwest Province. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.
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