|Manyu Ékpè procession in Yaoundé, March 29, 2019|
|Poster for funeral of Seseku Stephen Tataw (1948-2019)|
|Tortoise shell instrument is played in the funerary procession|
|Ékpè mask purifies the hearse before the procession begins|
|Mùrúà ‘the chanter’ with wooden rattles|
|Percussion ensemble moves the procession|
|Funerary shrine representing the sacred forest of Ékpè|
|Tied palm fronds (left), mfam leaves (right)|
|Ékpè members surround the shrine for the final rites|
This collective activity exemplifies how a dynamic culture like the Ékpè institution is carried into diaspora by its members wherever they may go and maintained collectively as a mutual-aid and spiritual society. Even with the multiple pressures of the so-called modern world: labor migration, wage slavery, environmental destruction, the impact of monotheism (Islam and Christianity), western education, and so on, indigenous community networks like Ékpè have proven resilient and utile for the well-being of its members, their families and communities.
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