Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Emmanuel Kombem Ngwainmbi
The Bamun are an important people from Cameroon. They have a rich religious and ceremonial history that reaches to the migration of King Nsara and his followers who entered the present-day Cameroon. The name Bamun literally refers to the area where the people finally settled, a valley that was called “mun,” “noun,” or “nun.” Geographically, the Bamun kingdom is located near the lands of the Tikar, an artistically and culturally significant people. Both the Bamun and the Tikar are known as great artists creating enormous sculptures of bronze and beads. In many ways, the flow of the culture between the Tikar and the Bamun is one that has ...