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Les ordalies en pays gbaya

Abstract : The presentation in parallel of two Gbaya societies whose languages are part of the same linguistic fraction of the 'Northwest Gbaya', but which have had a very different recent history - since the beginning of the 19th century - is instructive as to the effects induced on the practice of the ordination and its status. These are the Gbaya Ɓodoe of the rural commmune of Bingué in CAR and the Gbaya Gaimona of bertoua in Cameroon. Our analysis shows in fact that the ordeal, which comes under the oath, is at the initiative of the accused among the Ɓodoe, while it becomes an instrument of the chief's justice among the Gaimona. As for the witch-doctor, called wàn-gbánà in ɓodoe as in Gaimona, who is a reference for the fight against witch-doctors, he has only a fragile and ephemeral status among the Ɓodoe while he has become the unavoidable auxiliary of the chief among the Gaimona.
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Paulette Roulon-Doko, Jeannette Sylvie Pilo-Atta. Les ordalies en pays gbaya. Ordalies, rituels et conduites, A paraître. ⟨halshs-03506393⟩



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