okt 30 2019
Music and dance are an integral part of Cameroonian ceremonies, festivals, social gatherings, and storytelling. Traditional dances are highly choreographed and separate men and women or forbid participation by one sex altogether. The goals of dances range from pure entertainment to religious devotion. Traditionally, music is transmitted orally. In a typical performance, a chorus of singers echoes a soloist.
Musical accompaniment may be as simple as clapping hands and stomping feet, but traditional instruments include bells worn by dancers, clappers, drums and talking drums, flutes, horns, rattles, scrapers, stringed instruments, whistles, and xylophones; the exact combination varies with ethnic group and region.
Mbaku, John Mukum (2005). Culture and Customs of Cameroon. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press
okt 27 2019
Archaeological evidence proves that the Baluba had settlements around the lakes and marshes of the Upemba Depression by the fifth century CE. The evidence suggesting an advanced Iron Age society by then comes from multiple sites, and these are among the best developed archaeological records in Central Africa. The Kamilambian, Kisalian and Kabambian series of evidence has been dated to be from 5th to 14th-century, suggesting a settled stable Luba culture over many centuries. Of these, the Kisalian period (8th to 11th century) pottery and utensils found, were crafted with extraordinary excellence. The finds dated to pre-8th century by modern dating methods are iron objects or pottery, thereafter copper objects appear.
Pierre de Maret (1979), Luba Roots: The First Complete Iron Age Sequence in Zaire, Current Anthropology, University of Chicago Press, volume 20, number 1 (Mar., 1979), pages 233-235
okt 20 2019
According to Bamileke tradition the Succession and inheritance rules are determined by the principle of patrilineal descent. According to custom, the eldest son is the probable heir, but a father may choose any one of his sons to succeed him. An heir takes his dead father’s name and inherits any titles held by the latter, including the right to membership in any societies to which he belonged. And, until the mid-1960s, when the law governing polygamy was changed, the heir also inherited his father’s wives a considerable economic responsibility. The rights in land held by the deceased were conferred upon the heir subject to the approval of the chief, and, in the event of financial inheritance, the heir was not obliged to share this with other family members. The ramifications of this are significant. First, dispossessed family members were not automatically entitled to live off the wealth of the heir. Siblings who did not share in the inheritance were, therefore, strongly encouraged to make it on their own through individual initiative and by assuming responsibility for earning their livelihood. Second, this practice of individual responsibility in contrast to a system of strong family obligations prevented a drain on individual financial resources. Rather than spend all of the inheritance maintaining unproductive family members, the heir could, in the contemporary period, utilize his resources in more financially productive ways such as for savings and investment. Finally, the system of inheritance, along with the large scale migration resulting from population density and land pressures, is one of the internal incentives that accounts for Bamileke success in the nontraditional world.
Bron uit een link:
Individual Initiative, And Economic Growth In An African Plural Society The Bamileke Of Cameroon http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/pnaal016.pdf
sep 15 2019
4 reasons why the work of Cheikh Anta Diop is important:
With historical, archeological and anthropological evidences, Diop demonstrated that: *The creators of Kemetic civilization were dark-skinned people (read The African Origin of Civilization)
*Kemet was the center of Africa’s main cultures and languages & showed the interrelationships between African nations (read Precolonial Black Africa)
*People from the Nile Valley and people from Senegal present striking similarities not only in physical features but also linguistically (example: Wolof and Nuer have a lot of similarities phonetically & Diop even showed how Wolof could have been quite similar to the language spoken in Kemet)
Most importantly, Diop founded and operated the radiocarbon laboratory (Laboratory of Carbon 14) at the University of Dakar. Much of his work was to develop a chemical process for testing the melanin content in the skin of Egyptian mummies. His goal was to prove their black African ancestry. Boycotted by western scientists and historians as well as African governments, he was unable to fully conduct nor complete his research. Knowing how western historians rewrote, falsified and distorted the history of the rest of the world, imagine what would have happened if he was able to finish his research & present his findings…
Image: Cheikh Anta Diop at his laboratory in Dakar, 1976 –