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Ibibio glossary

abang isong

ceremonial communal palm

 

wine pot

abang itie

water storage pot

abang ukot

palm wine pot

Abasi/Abasi Ibom

the great god

abia idiong

traditional priest of the Idiong

 

society

akai

ancient and sacred forest

 

grove

akangkang

iron gong

akpan

carrying basket

Amanyanabo

king, 'owner of the town'

 

(Opobo)

ata essien

village/town square

ayan

stall, stand, symbolic sign

bidak

chieftaincy woven cap

eben

African pear tree

efe

meeting shed (efe ekpe -

 

Ekpe shed; efe ukot - palm

 

wine shed)

efe idung/efe isong

community hall (also called

 

asan essien)

eka

mother

ekom

African nut tree

ekong

war; a traditional warrior

 

society

ekpang

cotton towel cloth, woven in

 

strips

Ekpo

ghost, ancestral spirit;

 

traditional society

Ekpo Nyoho

Ekpo grade masquerade

ekpuk

extended family group

esuk

river beach, usually a canoe

 

landing and trading place

etc

father

eyei

young palm fronds, traditional

 

symbol of injunction and

 

warning

ibil

small skin drum

ibok

medicine

iboto

plaited palm leaf umbrella,

 

ceiling mat or cover mat

idim

water stream

Idiong

cult of diviners and traditional

 

medicine practitioners

idung

settlement, village

iduot

camwood powder

ikon eto

xylophone

ikpang

wooden spoon

ikpang efere

long soup ladle, carved from

 

calabash or wood

ikpat mbre

seed rattles, strung on legs and

 

arms

ikpaya

raffia cloth, partly woven, with

 

a long fringe

ikpoto

round umbrella-hat from

 

plaited palm leaves

iman

kinsman

ine

seasonal fishing settlement by

 

the waterside

iso ekpo

ancestral shrine

mbiam

traditional oath-object

mboppo

seclusion and training period

 

for young girls, usually before

 

marriage, accompanied by

 

intensive feeding and body

 

treatment

mbre

traditional play, combination

 

of songs, dance and drama

mkpong isong

relief body design

ndem

deity

ndom

kaolin pigment

nkanya

palm leaf mats used for

 

roofing

nki

sign and gesture

 

communication language

 

among the Eastern Obolo;

 

body design (Obolo)

nkpin

woven raffia cloth

nkwong

iron gong

nsak

cane rattle

nsei

yellow mineral or camwood

 

pigment

ntakrok

small wooden block, beaten

 

with a stick

ntinya

chieftaincy cap, symbol of

 

authority

nwommo

memorial shrine to a dead

 

chief or warrior

Obara Yok

high priest (Obolo)

obio

town, big community

obodom

hollow slit drum, beaten with

 

two sticks

Obolo

name adopted by the Andoni,

 

meaning freedom

obong

head or chief of a family,

 

compound, village or clan

 

(obong ufok, obong owok,

 

obong idung, obong oduk)

obong ekpuk

family head

oduk

clan

odung

relief skin design

odung Mboppo

bamboo screen, on which

 

mboppo paraphernalia is

 

displayed

ofong isin

wrapper

oko

stick fence

oko efere

cooking pot

okono

boundary tree

okpono

head ring, insignia of a high

 

office and Idiong society

oku

priest

okukin

decorative and symbolic

 

design, painted on the body

Oru

Obolo National Council

otoko

extended family heads (Obolo)

otung

compound

owok

enclosure, metal coils worn on

 

the legs of mboppo girls;

 

village section in Essene

popo

Igbo white cotton cloth.

 

initially traded at Opobo

ubium

top kitchen shelve made of

 

bamboo and used for storage

 

of utensils, condiments and

 

seeds for planting

ufok

house (ufok akam - prayer

 

house; ufok nwed - school

 

house)

ukana

African oil bean tree

ukim

cottonwood tree

ukop oko

small bowl used for grinding

 

hot pepper and crayfish, for

 

mixing ingredients and serving

 

soup

ukpok

calabash drinking cup

unam

meat, wild animal

urua

market, traditional 8-day week

 

period

usan efere

soup bowl

usan mmoong

or usan idem - small ritual

 

bowl filled with water, placed

 

on shrines

uso

handicraft

usobo

long and wide cloth, gathered

 

in drapes around the waist

usoro

feast

utang

bamboo shelve over the fire

 

place where food ingredients

 

are dried

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