The mbàn (the Metaʼ family meeting house) is an institution that is unique to the Meta’ and Moghamo speaking populations of the North West Region of Cameroon. Many rites of blessing are performed in this house. For instance, the blessing of a girl to be handed over in marriage, the blessing of a barren woman/wife in the family, the blessing of a sick or an unfortunate child, the blessing of disputing parties after they have been reconciled, and the blessing of an entire family after the annual family gathering.

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