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Title:Royal Wives in the Ndop Plains
Author:Mope Simo, J.A.
Year:1991
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:25
Issue:3
Pages:418-431
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Chamba
Tikar
polygamy
women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/485977
Abstract:The Ndop Plains is one of five administrative subdivisions of the Mezam Division of the North West Province of Cameroon (the old Bamenda). It comprises thirteen village-chiefdoms, ten of which are inhabited by ethnic groups of Tikar origin, the other three by Chamba groups. This article focuses on palace women or royal wives, whose position and social participation are severely restricted by local customs such as polygyny and wife seclusion. On the basis of field research carried out intermittently from November 1984 to March 1990 in eleven of the chiefdoms the author addresses the following questions: What are the symbolic and material support systems for the polygyny of the 'Fon' (traditional leader)? On what terms do the royal wives and their children live with the incongruities of this situation? Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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