Plateau community appeases the gods for bumper harvests



…Curses kidnappers, killer herdsmen, bandits

By Marie-Therese Nanlong,

It was a beautiful sight on October 1 when the Pan-speaking natives in Plateau State trooped in their numbers to celebrate the ‘Kaa Pang Mat Long’ (the festival of Mountain of the King’s wife). The colourful event took place at Jepjan (Namu) community of Qua’an Pan Local Government of the State.

Natives who came from within and outside the State to celebrate the ancient festival believe it is an opportunity to evoke blessings, protection and bountiful harvest from the gods at the Pang Mat Long (Mountain of the King’s Wife) as the year sets to end.

Before the procession to the mountain (Pang Mat Long) began, the Chief Priest, Nda Dakwat Dapia descending from Kofyar hill, performed the rituals with words of caution to person(s) harbouring evil thoughts against the people or the land not to climb the mountain. It is believed that such a fellow would come down facing severe consequences.

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