By Elias Kifon Bongmba
A daring paintings of African philosophy and theology that brings jointly witchcraft and the philosophy of Levinas.
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Gebauer, however, gives it a wider context. It is used for any practice of any oracular nature, but it is also the name for the gods or ancestors who speak through a diviner or his instruments. Variations of this term appear among neighboring grassland tribes, such as nga in Limbuni, ngamb in Bikom, ngamo in Kwang (Gebauer 1964, 35). 12 AFRICAN WITCHCRAFT AND OTHERNESS Gebauer describes the process of ngam divination as an activity that involves the interpretation of a message from a set of leaf cards held in the hands of the diviner.
He pays the bride wealth from the family’s resources. He would have received this wealth in the past as the bride wealth from others who have married women out of his family. He cannot spend this money for his own personal affairs; rather, he will use it to pay the bride wealth demanded by other families when members of his extended family marry. This structure does not prevent individuals from coming up with their own bride wealth if they can afford it. I further illustrate the structure and role of the fai by looking at Fai Ngafansi, who carries out his functions in consultation with several elders who represent different families within Fai Ngafansi’s extended family.
I witnessed a similar discourse in the 1960s when I attended the local primary school at Ntumbaw, which was then a Baptist school. There were all kinds of rumors spreading that during the lunch recess some children were actually selling human ﬂesh in what, to an innocent observer, looked like just a normal exchange of a child’s lunch. What the Wimbum people believe is that a nwe Toward a Hermeneutics of Wimbum Tfu 27 tfu is capable of giving human ﬂesh to someone by disguising it as regular meat or anything that can be consumed.
African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations by Elias Kifon Bongmba