C. Speech events

On March 23, JKM filmed a big twin ceremony in Kwilumpia. Twins are immersed in water known in Nsambaan as ɛtɔ́ a bambwʊl ‘source of twins’. In Central-Africa, twins are considered peculiar and they require special treatment. Such is the case amongst the Nsambaan who see twins (bambwʊl) as chiefs and sacred. During this ceremony, twins are “baptized”. The ceremony begins in the village, but continues outside the village in a water source belonging to twins’ clan. Fathers and mothers of other twins, who are called ngaŋ a bambwʊl ‘priests of the twins’, lead the ceremony. Mothers and twins have their hair shaved, mothers walk almost naked and all participants are smeared in with kaolin....


Joseph Koni Muluwa (2014). Item "C. Speech events" in collection "Nsambaan, Nsong and Ngong". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-001F-8D6B-3. (Accessed 2024-05-22)

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