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Title:Bangwa (Western Bamileke) Marriage Wards
Author:Brain, Robert
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Cameroon
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1157947
Abstract:Paper based on field-work done among the Bangwa, a Bamileke group of the Cameroons. 'Bangwa' is an administrative term, given to a cluster of nine independent chiefdoms located on the western side of the watershed dividing East and West Cameroon. The Bangwa, which are the subject of this paper, are the westernmost Bamileke group, situated in West Cameroon. The Bamileke practise a special form of marriage, known as ngkap marriage. Since most of the information on the Bamileke refers primarily to the Eastern Bamileke, the material presented in this paper, together with some details on other Western Bamileke chiefdoms across the border in East Cameroon, presents some interesting contrasts. In Bangwa the term ngkap means wealth and is also used in a special sense for bridewealth (ngkap atu mengwi = wealth for a woman's head). After indicating the contrasts of Bangwa ngkap marriage with ngkap marriage among the Eastern Bamileke, the author considers the institutionalization of the relationship between a tangkap (marriage lord) and his male and female wards. Ref., map, figure, French summary.