laikom

Laikom was the place of first settlement of Kom people, who believe they were led there from Bamessi by an incarnation--in python form--of their first Fon. As I have noted elsewhere (Shanklin, The Track of the Python, this volume), this myth emphasizes two important principles of Kom tradition--matrilineality and guidance by the ancestors--and, ..., the python has had important implications for Kom architecture, particularly Laikom architecture. Culled from Nawain Eugenia Shanklin's Research Paper titled - "The Path to Laikom: Kom Royal Court Compounds," Conference Proceedings: Palace Architecture, Grassfields Working Group, Oxford, 1982. Paideuma 31-111-150.

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