By Eugenia Yong
The way a Kom person perceives death and how they celebrate it.
It is uncommon for a typical Kom person to say someone has died. Expressions like ‘gone home’, ‘finished, ‘come to an end’, etc are used. This is because they consider life and death as sacred and also consider death as a change of environment or a transformation of life. The dead simply go to meet the ancestors.
Ancestral worship to a Kom man is of prime importance. This explains why as a rule the dead are buried in their homeland so that they are near their ancestors. The dead are buried around a family house and not just anywhere but as close to the wall of the house as possible. The grave is dug downwards and cut inwards at the bottom thereby placing the dead inside the house. This house is the family cemetery or house of graves as it is called. The more intimate the human relation is the more compelling the demand not to bury the deceased in foreign land. This tells us why anybody who dies out of Kom is taken back to Kom for burial. Through the good relations the way to the ancestors becomes open. The body is often treated with great respect. It is thoroughly washed, properly massaged with cam wood to make it soft and rubbed with castor oil. Often, when digging a grave and some ancestral remains are found and exhumed, they are washed and carefully rubbed with cam wood and castor oil as if the person has just passed on. An expensive shroud is used to wrap the bones and reburied.
Ameng - Laikom - Newest Village in Kom Kingdom?
"... Ameng used to be a quarter in Laikom. Those who first settled at Ameng were people from Laikom who used to come to farm at Ameng and due to the distance, they started constructing bush houses and would come farm for a month before going back to Laikom.
As time went on these houses became compounds and today we have a very big village. Amongst the first settlers of Ameng were Bobe Ngoutum, Njugwi,Mashi Yuhnjang, Kou iyouah, Munteh, Toh, Mihdahkhi and Malicos.
This quarter has been under the direct control of Laikom until a year ago when the Paramount Fon of Kom gave them autonomy and today Ameng has a BohNteh by name Bobe Shaddrack Kuma (Yindo Mashi)."
How to help develop Ameng? Food, Water, Health + Education?
Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 11:12 AM
Subject: THE PATH TO LAIKOM - Intro [Part 1 of 14]
As the subject line indicates, this is just Part One of a 14-part academic paper. All thanks to Nawain Shanklin [Ayongn'a Nawain] for graciously offering her research work to WoinKom and to 'WayneBobe', George Mbeh for taking time off babysitting his newborn 'njii_ndo', to proofread this precious document. No one is receiving a bill in the mail for this work, but the ancestors are not sleeping ...
There will be a two-day lapse between each part to enable you to read, digest and react to the information. This also gives you time to better manage your mailbox. At the end of it all, those who need a complete copy of the document [in Word format], with kindest permission from NaYaounde, will get it as an attachment - for printing and other purposes. Kom will hopefully be printed and distributed so many times that even the Chinese will want to know The Path to LaiKom.
On your marks, get set and ... yi jel ajung!
"...the largest montane rainforest in West Africa can be found in Kom, and it is unique in the world and contains many endemic species..."
The Kom are one of the principal tribes of the North-West province of Cameroon, where traditional government institutions are very important. The capital, Laikom, is the seat of the ruler, the Fon, and his advisors, the Quifon, who continue to be the most respected leaders despite the imposition of a central Cameroonian government. Vincent Yuh II is the current Fon of Kom.
The Camerounese government recognizes to some degree the authority of the Fons and local chiefs subject to them. Viewed historically or developmentally, a tribe consists of a social formation existing before the development of, or outside of, states.
The Fon is a chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon.
Kom includes most of Boyo divison, including such towns as Fundong, Belo and Mbingo. The elaborate language and rich culture of Kom are very similar to neighbouring groups, collectively known as the Tikar.
The geography of Kom and the North-West province is extremely mountainous, comprising mostly of grassland and farmland, with a sadly declining amount of forest. Crater lakes, cliffs and waterfalls are quite common features of the region. Nevertheless the largest montane rainforest in West Africa can be found in Kom, and it is unique in the world and contains many endemic species.
Greetings to all my brothers and sisters from kom. I am learning a lot from your writings and it is painful that many do the have the chance to read what you are writing. After haven enjoyed lots of your writings I want to share the little I know about the formation of our days. In September 2001 when I left the seminary and was still waiting for a call I wrote I little booklet , "Understanding Kom Tradition for Better Evangelization". I am sharing with you what I wrote in this booklet. I hope it will be an eye opener to all of us.
When the Kom people left Babessi and were led by a python to where they are now, the land was not empty. No the land were the Mendankwe people, Nkwen people, Mujang people, Bum and the Babanki people. The first three groups did not want and trouble with the kom people, so walked out of the land in peace. The fon of Kom each year will have to pay tributes to the Fon of Bum and the fon of Babanki. After so many battles the fon of Kom whom many say was fon Yuh called conference at Laikom. He invited the fon of Bum and the Fon of Babanki for peace talks. The conference ground is call (itimekind). Both fons honored the invitation and came with their delegations.
On the first day of the meeting the delegates said that since it is the fon of Kom who called the meeting it is important that the first place be given to him to speak or to address the conference. The fon of Kom took a whole day to talk. We do not know how long the meeting was but the fact is that after he spoke the meeting was tabled for the next day. This first day of the conference became known as (ITUK KOM).