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Title:Interview-01 with Mbombock Anne
A Documentation of Bati Language and Oral Traditions
Contributor (consultant):Mbombog NDJENECK
Mbombog Anne
Madame Nkoloo
Contributor (interviewer):Madame Veuve Bassana
Contributor (researcher):NGUE UM
Description:This session aims to document aspects of the religious practices of Mbay-Bati as a human group. As a matter of pure chance, this interview session, unlike those previously conducted in Kelleng, Mbougue and Nyambat, involes more women that men. The reason for this is that, the research team were eager to get insight into cross-gender's practice and perception of their cultural heritage. The opportunity was provided with the indentification of a female priest in Mbay-Bati, whose reputation as traditional custodian far exceeds the limits of Mbay-Bati village.
The project to Document aspects of Bati language and oral traditions is an original idea of Dr Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso, who had initially surveyed the Bati speech area as part of a pilot research project granted by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Cameroon. Based on the results of this pilot research which have revealed a situation of critical endangerment of Bati language and ancestral practices, the idea to submit a major documentation project to ELDP has matured. The project has eventually been submitted during the 2015 funding round with Dr Emmanuel Ngué Um as Principal Investigator, and Dr Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso as co-applicant. The project started in October 1st, 2015, and will run till the 30th of September in 2018.
Mbaa is both the language of elicitation and the language to be elicited. However, there are regular shift to Basaa when Mbombog Njeneck, or the researcher address the other participants. Basaa is the vehicular among all participants. It is worth noting that, though Mbombog Njeneck was born and has lived continuously in Nyambat which is four to five kilometers away from Mbay-Bati, he has not developped fluency in Mbay-Bati. Whe he interacts with a speaker of Mbay-Bati, he does so in Basaa.
Mbombog Njeneck Pierre has been the contact person on which the research team have relied on to get appointment with Mbombog Anne. He is established in Nyambat, just at the foot of Mbombole (Ngog-Lituba). In spite of his young age (41), he is a paramount priest (Mbombog), and belong to the highest rank in religious ranking of Bati-Mpoo-Bati tradition. He has inherited most of these attributes from his late father who was famous in the region and beyond, for his religious power. Owing to his social rank as paramount priest, he works in partnership with other priest such as Mbomog Anne.
Mbombog Liyep li Djom André is a male priest (Mbombog). He is one of the elders of Mbay-Bati. He has shown very keen interest in participating in the research session, because he believes that his community has been subject to much despise and negligence over the course of history. In fact, being a minority group of only a dozen of members, and stuck between dominant groups such as Basaa, Bisoo, Yambasa (a little bit father) and Bati (to some extent), they have been constantly assimilated to third ethnic groups, either Bisoo or Basaa, which they intrinsically do not identity with. According to Mbombog Liyep li Djom André, Mbaa exist as a distinct and genuine ethnic group. The share the same origin with Basaa, Bati and Bisoo, as they have Ngog-Lituba (Mbombole) as their migration starting point, just as the other three ethnic groups.
Mme Veuve Bassana Hortense is a native of Mvengue area in the South region of Cameroon. She was therefore born speaking Ewondo. Later on, she got married to late Bassana who was a native of Mbay-Bati. She has since settled in Mbay-Bati, and has begotten children. She is a widow since her husband's death, and has been struggling to bring up her children with difficulty. She is a cathechist at the Catholic parish in Log-Bikoy in the Nyanon speech area. She is also one of the assistants of Mbombog Anne, the female priest. For the purpose of the research, she has willingly agreed to act as the interviewer.
Mbombog Anne is the main focus of the interview. She is a female Priest and belongs to the 'Koo' [kɔ́ɔ́] priesthood. In this capacity, she is a custodian of ancestal knowledge relating to religous practices of the group. The 'Koo' priesthood is prevalant in the Bati-Mpoo-Basi tradition, as well as the Yambasa tradition. Mbombog Anne is a widow, and has been struggling to raise up her children. One of her daily activities consist in healing patients suffering form different diseases, using traditional medication. She also practices divination and ritual purification.
Madame Nkoloo Adèle is a native speaker of Bisoo. She married to a man who is a native of Mbay Bati. She is mother, and lives in Mbay-Bati. She is one the assistants of Mbombog Anne. In that capacity, she acts as mediator between outsider's and the female Priest.
Emmanuel Ngué Um is the Principal Investigator for the Bati project. He is mainly employed at the University of Yaoundé one where he holds the position of Senior Lectuer of Linguistics, in the Departement of Cameroonian Languages and Cultures at the Higher Teacher Training School. Ngué Um is also Associate Researcher at CERDOTOLA, where he is charged with the responsibility of Archive Manager for ALORA (Archive of Languages and Oral Resources of Africa).
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1073885%23
Publisher:Ngué Um Emmanuel
International Center for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA)
semi-guided interview


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Citation: Mbombog NDJENECK (consultant); Mbombog LIYEP LI DJOM (consultant); Madame Veuve Bassana (interviewer); Mbombog Anne (consultant); Madame Nkoloo (consultant); NGUE UM (researcher). 2016-09-13. Ngué Um Emmanuel.

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