Collection Description

Culture Name

Banen

Culture Description

The Bantu-speaking Banen are agriculturalists who live in mountains of southwest Cameroon. They are a patrilineal society living in dispersed, clan-based settlements, under the largely judicial authority of local tribal chiefs. Exchange of brides between clans, once common, has changed to the payment of bridewealth. The Banen believe in a high god and nature spirits, but also in a vital force found throughout nature, the strength of which in humans, along with wealth, forms the basis for leadership.

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Region

Africa --Western Africa

Countries

Cameroon

OWC Code

FH26

Number of Documents

4

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Number of Pages

1556

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