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Nso’ traditional religion and climate forecast: a critical photographic analysis

Noela Kinyuy Banla*email-imageNoela Kinyuy Banla*

Noela Kinyuy Banla is a PhD fellow at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. She is an early-career researcher specialising in Visual History. She is presently researching on ‘Photographic narratives of patterns of power and socio-cultural life among the Nso’ 1907–2022’ for her PhD thesis. She is currently an assistant lecturer in the Visual Arts department at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon.

email-image noelakinyuybanla@gmail.com

Abstract

In light of contemporary ecological challenges affecting our globe, it is increasingly acknowledged that indigenous knowledges are vital for local communities to understand, deal with, and respond to, climate change. Against this background, this article focuses on indigenous religious practices among the Nso’ of the Bamenda Grasslands of Cameroon. The article specifically analyses photographic representations of religious rituals that have shaped, and continue to help, the Nso’ people to accurately forecast climatic conditions and adapt/take precautions. This analysis demonstrates that through photographic narratives the rule of traditional religion in climate forecast can be valorised and exploited to add to the knowledge of climate challenge adaptation. The findings also demonstrate methodologically the role and importance of photographs as a medium for preserving collective and societal memories. (This article is published in the thematic collection ‘African ecologies: literary, cultural and religious perspectives’, edited by Adriaan van Klinken, Simon Manda, Damaris Parsitau and Abel Ugba.)

Keywords

climate forecastclimate changeindigenous knowledgetraditional religionphotography
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Published on: 22 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: Issue 1 & 2
Article ID: a19
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Banla (2024), ' Nso’ traditional religion and climate forecast: a critical photographic analysis ', Journal of the British Academy, 12(Issue 1 & 2): a19 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/012.a19

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email-image noelakinyuybanla@gmail.com