As part of the task for Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 6 (My, culture, My Pride), contestants were asked to tell us about the culture they are representing in an expository essay writing. This task carries 2000 votes, and below is an unedited essay writing sent in by this contestant.
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Name: Lynda Zenret Dakwom
State Of Origin: Plateau State
Name of the culture you are representing: Mupun
The name of the culture I represent is the Mupun culture. The mupun people are located in an area within the Lankan District, lying some 60 miles south-east of Jos in Mangu local government, Plateau state, Nigeria.
I’m wearing a headgear, calabash to cover my breasts and woven skirts.
The head-gear is used to represent a person’s status in the community. The headgear in my costume is a simple head-band made of rafia ropes and cloth worn by maidens while going about in the community. Although, more elaborate head dresses are worn by the royalty for ceremonies and are made out of feathers and beads.
The neckpiece is simply made of iron chains and cloth and is basically used for adornment.
Next is the bra-like cups made out of wood and it is used to cover the breasts which signifies pride and dignity.
The skirt is usually worn by young women and it is made from woven jute material. It is usually longer for married women. Animal skin can also be used for the skirt.
The gourd I’m holding is used to fetch water. So basically, I’m portrayed in the picture as a hardworking Mupun maiden going to fetch water from the village stream.
The attire is a very simple one worn on a daily basis. Although it can be worn for traditional ceremonies by commoners. A Mupun maiden from the royal family is usually dressed more elaborate. The local soup of the Mupun people is called PUKLEM, which literally means black soap.
In my culture respect for elders is as essential as living. Marriage is between man and woman is called DEK.
The king of my village is called MISKON and his queen is MAT MISKOM.
Children, uncircumcised males who do not undergo the PUN INNITIATION are not allowed in the shrine as the Mupun people are a very religious people and are predominantly traditional worshipers.
Our naming system system is base on the time and situation names like NAAR means “born by the road side”..DALONG means “he who owns the wealth”..and my name ZENRET, which means “it is good to tell the truth” as I was born under circumstances that had to do with telling the truth and the truth setting you free.
Our villages include Kagu, Jiblik, Asa. Lankang, Abwor, Dyis, Jing, although I am from Kagu village. We constitute a major minority on the plateau
A few words are Nan meaning God, Inji meaning come, Teran-an meaning goodmorning, Teran-se meaning good evening, Shin means Gift and Mutyul meaning sleep walker.
The people of Mupun are mostly farmers. We are located on a beautiful terrain, a fertile ground and well mannered inhabitants. Our people are friendly, easy going and very accommodating. You can never go wrong by being friends with a Mupun indigene. We are a very generous people and we’ll go out of our way to help people in need. We are a Family. We love each other and we are dependent on one another. We are a people!
COMMENT FROM THE CREW
Photo Attitude: Excellent
Presentation: Very Good
Miss Lynda Dakwom, we love how you interpreted your photo. We like your your culture, you’ve written it in such a way that we feel like relocating to Mangu local government to be part of this beautiful culture. Keep it up.
SCORE: 1900 votes / 2000
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VERY GOOD: 400