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A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names

John Koyela Fokwang

Publication Year: 2010

A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names is an exceptional minefield of Chamba names, meticulously assembled and expatiated for the curious user. As a pioneer in the field of dictionary-writing in the Cameroon grassfields, Fokwangís third edition counts for more than a regular dictionary. It skilfully combines a short history of the Chamba people in Cameroon as well as ethnographic issues on the naming ritual. John Fokwangís work stands in a class of its own and will serve as reference material for people of Chamba descent and those who favour the use of African names in general. This edition is an exceptionally worthy contribution to the ethnography of the Cameroon grassfields and of course, the growing literature and interest on African names and languages.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-x

It is my sincere hope that this dictionary of Bali names will serve the purpose for which I have taken the pains to write. The names have been arranged alphabetically and their meanings provided. It is hoped that users will easily find the meanings of their favourite names from the alphabetical order. For the first time, an index of themes has been provided which ...

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pp. xi-xii

I am highly honoured to be asked to write a foreword to Mr Fokwang John Koyela’s book entitled The Dictionary of Bali Popular Names. This is not the first time a work in Bali popular names is appearing in public. It first appeared in December, 1981with the title The Living Culture of Bali Nyonga, a collection of some popular names together with a pictorial presentation of some aspects ...

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Preface to Third Edition

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pp. xiii-xvii

What is really in a name? Names are markers of one’s identity in society. Naming is a cultural universal, meaning that all human societies name their members. In some societies, elaborate rituals tend to accompany the naming of new members – often at birth. But names are not only acquired at birth. In many African societies and elsewhere, ...

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Introducing the Dictionary

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pp. 1-24

The quest for education, employment and the intermingling of cultures have led Bali people to different parts of Cameroon and abroad. Today, we have huge settlements of Bali subjects in the North America, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Many of them have married and celebrated the birth of their children in these lands. Many ...

Wedding Names

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pp. 87

Equivalents of Chamba and English Names

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pp. 88-91

Common Names

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pp. 92-114

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956616732
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956616473

Page Count: 134
Publication Year: 2010


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