Yangben in Cameroon

Yangben
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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Yangben
Country: Cameroon
10/40 Window: No
Population: 6,700
World Population: 6,700
Primary Language: Yangben
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 69.00 %
Evangelicals: 3.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Northwest
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Yangben live in the savanna plains and are agriculturalists. They are part of the Mbam communities. Their income comes from the sales of vegetables and fruits. They also sell yams, manioc, plantain, macabo and taro in the neighboring village markets. They live in mud brick or concrete blockhouses with tin roofs. Some of the houses near the main road have electricity, while the other use wood as the main energy and fuel.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Generations of Yangben people cling to traditional beliefs rooted in a fear of evil spirits. The fear of sorcery is prevalent, and the issue of sorcery is regularly raised at times of misfortune. The ongoing struggle is the power people attribute to the spirit realm.

Though a large majority of people in Mbam communities may attend church or profess Christianity, they lack a foundation in God's Word. Because of the area's multilingual nature, church leaders tend to conduct services in French — the national language. As a result, churchgoers often fall back into familiar traditional beliefs, and the next generation repeats the cycle. Truths from God's Word in the mother tongue can tear down traditional strongholds.

Stories play a far more significant role than simple entertainment among the Yangben people. Storytelling is a common way to relay vital information. This time-honored method will be utilized to reach people with God's Word and address the most pressing spiritual issues.

Text Source:   Anonymous