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THE TWO-HEADED SNAKE PALACE OF BAMUM KINGDOM IN CAMEROON

The Kingdom of Bamum is located in Northwestern Cameroon. It was founded by the Bamun, an ethnic group from Northeastern Cameroon. Its capital was the ancient walled city of Fumban.

The Palace of the kingdom is a fascinating structure of the two-headed snake architecture which was undertaken by the current Sultan Ibrahim Njoya MBOMBO, 19th of this dynasty, led by the immeasurable desire to safeguard this rich heritage left by centuries his ancestors, has undertaken for nearly two years, the construction of a new museum to museum adapted rules and spacious enough to hold all the objects in the collection.

The architect is a son of the soil by name, Issofou Mbouombouo, who thought of an architecture that combines tradition and modernity and which in itself is sufficient to be a museum although no exhibition is found there.

Each of the architecture has its meaning which symbolises the cost of arms of the kingdom. The double bell signifies patriotism, the spider signifies work and the two-headed snake signifies the victory of the Bamum people simultaneously on two fronts.

Credit: Momaa, Wikipedia

Pictures: Tony Vinyoh

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