Traditional Artefacts In a Catholic Church

Filmmaker: Barama Yahagara

Year of production: 2020
Location: Cameroon
Duration:  22 minutes
Sound: mono
Language: Zoulogo, Mada, French
Subtitles: English and French

The Catholic Church of Tokombéré, in northern Cameroon, is special. They use traditional animist objects in the church. This film follows in the footsteps of Baba Simon, a Cameroonian Catholic missionary of origin, who came to the Far North of Cameroon in the 1950s, eager to spread the gospel. He met various people, who recently migrated from the rugged mountains and settled in the plains. They showed them their religious practices and sacred objects, to which they were very attached. This film is told by Yaouba Alphonse who was trained by Baba Simon as a catechist. Far from being a simple catechist, he becomes the extension of Baba Simon’s desire to establish the Catholic Church in its community in Bigeskawé based on tradition. However, Yaouba, shows us how he and his people adapted to the plains with a church that included objects and practices from their tradition into Catholicism.

Copyright: 2020  Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø

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