The Material Culture of Twins
West Africa.

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Many cultures, including our own, celebrate the birth of twins, some view them as something dangerous that must be destroyed but is rare to find a society that is indifferent to this unusual occurrence. The treatment of twins in West Africa is particularly unusual, possibly due to the high twin rate in this area. In the Cameroonian Grassfields twins are generally regarded as gifts from God. They are highly celebrated and respected. My own experience as a 'Manyi' (mother of twins) in Cameroonian culture made me aware of the significance of twins to this society. With this research I hope to enlighten archaeologists working in West Africa. I would like to provide a data base of material culture associated with twins to allow correct interpretation of the archaeological record. 

This site is designed to teach you about Cameroon and all its rich history. My own work is available for you to read and of course you have to check out the fun stuff! After all, learning should be entertaining!

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