Bamileke Tradition

Bana-Bafang, Cameroon 2016.

The Bamileke are one of the many tribes that inhabit Cameroon. They have the belief that their ancestors care for and punish them from beyond. They dig up the heads of the most important people in their family and bury them again in a house that each family builds. Before each important event, such as weddings, trips, births or important decisions, three generations of each family meet with the shaman and go to the cemetery. There they cook and feed the skulls underground, with the same food they sanctify a chicken and place it on the head of the person to whom they wish protection. When this chicken flies and falls to the ground, the earth is collected and a mud is made with which the chest of the males will be marked and the sacrifice is considered finished.