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Title:The fondom/chiefdom institution of the Bamenda grassfields of Cameroon
Author:Talla, Richard T.ISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Mbum (Cameroon, Central African Republic)
Abstract:This paper examines the fondom/chiefdom institution of the Wimbum ethnic group of the Bamenda grassfields (northwest Cameroon). This ethnic group belongs to the Tikar conglomerate of ethnic groups. An examination of the structure of a fondom is followed by a discussion of traditional fondom practices. The Fon and the chiefs in particular, and to a lesser extent the sub-chiefs, are assisted in the execution of their duties by certain traditional or sacred societies. A dead or 'missing' chief is secretly buried by selected elders of the village watched by chiefs of other villages who are present. Celebrations of the enthronement of a new chief traditionally last for three weeks. The end of the celebration is marked by the first traditional outing of the new chief to meet his people. Generally, the Wimbum are to an extent still much attached to their traditional institutions. However, developments over the years have negatively affected the fondoms. Bibliogr., sum.