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Project: Bamileke

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - page 10
Presentation of Project Bamiléké
Thesis of Project Bamiléké
Goals and difficulties of Project Bamiléké
Criteria used in the choice of the Ex-Mifi region
Research objectives for the Ex-Mifi
Research outline
Research methodologies
Research documents
Introduction to the Bamiléké region - page 16
The Bamiléké region in brief
History and origin of the Bamiléké
Origin of the Bamiléké
History of the Bamilékéancestors: the Tikar
History of recent migrations
Map of historical settlements of Bamiléké villages (in phases) - page 22
A- The harvesting field - page 23
Introduction to Ex-Mifi villages
Introduction to Ex-Mifi villages
Demography and density
Languages, dialects and sub-dialects of Ex-Mifi villages
Map of languages, dialects and sub-dialects in Ex-Mifi - page 24
University education
Primary education
Craft industry
Tourism and the hotel business
Farming and fishing
Road infrastructure
Agriculture, industry and employment
Mines, water and energy
Social anthropology - page 32
Spiritual practices among the Bamiléké
The practice of ancestor worship
Traditional autopsy
Securing the survival of ancestors in the hereafter
Healers, seers and mediums
Vampirism, totemism and the animal spiritism in Bamiléké culture
Altars in traditional Bamiléké religion
Curses and blessings: the power of the oath among the Bamiléké
Appointment of Bamiléké chiefs
Initiation rites
Divinatory practices
Special plants of worship in traditional Bamiléké religion
Special colors
Bamiléké system of belief- page 43
Conception of human origin and its nature
Conception of creation among the Bamiléké
Conception of sin and salvation among the Bamiléké
Conception of divinity among the Bamiléké
Land and divinities
Origin of rituals to divinities
The philosophy of death among the Bamiléké
Immortality among the Bamiléké
Conception of time among the Bamiléké
They philosophy of syncretism among Bamiléké intellectuals
Superstition among the Bamiléké
Sociology - page 52
History of the birth and origin of villages in the Ex-Mifi- page 52
Political and spiritual organization in Bamiléké land - page 76
Political organization (visible)
Spiritual organization
Several traditional Bamiléké institutions
The Bamiléké calendar
Traditional education
Traditional judicial institutions
Values and characteristics of Bamiléké society
Peace and unity
Creativity in art and music
Mobilization of society
Murder and suicide
Sexual morality, adultery and incest
Attitude towards women
Divorce and polygamy
Eldest rights and respect for superiors
Honor towards one’s parents
Bamiléké dynamism or the worship of effort and work
Bamiléké and private property
Bamiléké emigration is a historical and current phenomenon
Spirit of the hunter and spirit of cunning and of conquest among the Bamiléké
Religion and traditions - page 97
The reality of a traditional Bamiléké religion
Consequences of culture or traditions on the social and spiritual life of the Bamiléké
Consequences on personality
Consequences on the administration of goods and on the economy
Consequences on the choice of social system
Consequences on the Christian life of the Bamiléké
Consequences on the development of the village
Causes of resistance to the Gospel- page 110
The power of culture and tradition on the Bamiléké
The mutation of traditional Bamiléké religion
Consequences of the catholic concept of inculturation
The lack of translations of the Gospel in Bamiléké language
The approximate knowledge of the word of God
Bamiléké customs, the Old Testament and Judaism
The Bamiléké have received a powerless gospel
Influence of occult Bamiléké places on the spiritual atmosphere
Map of spiritual influence in the high places of the Ex-Mifi- page 116
B- The strength of the harvest - page 117
Distribution and status of churches and Christian organizations
History of the beginnings of Christianity in Bamiléké villages - page 117
The period of persecutions
Birth of native churches
The troubled years of Independence
Contemporary history of the implantation of evangelical churches
Origin of the birth of Christianity in Bamiléké villages
Map of the origin of Christianity in Ex-Mifi villages - page 122
Implanted religious denominations-page 124
Where are churches located?
Church needs in the Ex-Mifi
Map of the status of those without a church in Ex-Mifi villages - page 126
Need for evangelical churches?
Map of the status of villages without evangelical churches in the Ex-Mifi- page 127
Case study of evangelical churches in the city of Bafoussam
Typical model of evangelical church gatherings
Growth rate of evangelical churches
a. Average membership of an evangelical church in a village
b. Rate of average annual growth of evangelical churches
Evangelical churches and Missions
Theological formation of evangelical church leaders
Evangelical missionary works in Bafoussam
Degree of church preparedness faced with the missionary challenge
Use of the Bible in evangelical churches in the city of Bafoussam
The awakening of Islam- page 130
Should the Bible be translated in native Bamiléké languages?- page 130
The challenge of non-homogenous populations in churches
The challenge of quality biblical translation
The challenge of the alphabet used in writing the Bible
The challenge of chapel conflicts
The financial challenge
The challenge of new generations using the bible in a native language 100
The cause of failures in the evangelization of the Bamiléké - page 133
Endogenous causes
Exogenous causes
C – How to reach the Ghomala?- page 137
Current evangelical methods, approaches and strategies
Important themes for the transformation of the Bamiléké
Strategic propositions for effective evangelization of Bamiléké land
What evangelization method for the Bamiléké?
Disciplining the Bamiléké people
Practical advice to evangelize the Bamiléké people
Organizing a conference on the Bamiléké people
Praying effectively for the Bamiléké people- page 145
1- Recognizing the targets
2- Binding the strong man and freeing captives
3 – Taking possession of Bamiléké villages
4- Prayer for the needs of the Church
D- Conclusions- page 160
Picture of the current spiritual, anthropological, economic, social and missionary reality
Determining the status and potential of the Church
Analyzing the strategies and means of attaining them
Using the results of the research
Limits of the project
Anticipated continuation
E- Appendices- page 162
Appendix 1- page 162
Spiritual topography (Spiritual mapping) and strategic intercession
What is spiritual topography (mapping)?
What spiritual mapping is not
History of spiritual mapping
What is the goal of spiritual mapping?
Biblical basis for spiritual mapping
Sources of information for spiritual mapping
Benefits of spiritual mapping
Strategic intercession
Appendix 2 - page 166
Sem-Sem or the mystical Bankim Lake
Appendix 3- page168
Comparison of Bamiléké customs with those of the Jews
Comparisons the Bamiléké make between their customs and those of the Old Testament
Appendix 4- page 175
Reflection on the Hamitic origin and Babylonian heritage of the Bamiléké people
Ethnicity of Ham
The sons of Ham
The sons of Cush
Babylonian heritage of the Bamiléké?
Religiously and culturally
Appendix 5- page 179
Inculturation and traditional Bamiléké religion
Appendix 6 – Various statistical tables - page 184
Bibliography - page 191

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