The People of Mûmakan, the Mûmakani were a collection of more than 400 ethnic groups. They were believed to be descendants of the Koro-Akanli, a collection of wandering tribes of the early second age, and thus relatives of the Mûlambûril,Tantûrakim, and Ûsakanril.
Mûmakani of renown
Among the larger and better-known tribes these were most prominent:
- The Mûmakani are fond of wearing leopard and lion skins. (The skin must always come from an animal killed directly by the wearer.) In general, the Mûmakani consider too many clothes unpractical for the wilderness. In all cases — men as well as women—they like to wear many amulets and charms, which often are said to have magical qualities. The Mûmakani also have a definite liking for gold and bronze jewelry.
- The Mûmakani fear spirits of the dead and most sorts of sorcery.
- The Mûmakani are ruled by a caste of holy warriors (the Sôramril) and by tribal priests (the Mûmathûmril). Every Mûmakanar has a place in the tribal community; roles vacated by the death or status elevation of their former occupants are properly filled by others.
- The Mûmakani worship a great number of gods and spirits. Besides the Ûmala (gods corresponding to the Valar and Maiar), spirits of mighty warriors, great chieftains and wise priests are also worshipped. The mightiest deities are Amâv (tribal demigod of Mûmakan), Mûdhala (god of
darkness), Kadû-baka (god of death), Lakabah (god of the great jungles),Akava (god of water) and, of course, Makûma (god of the underworld and destroyer of Men). Tribal religion is controlled by a priestly caste, the Mûmathûmûri, which oversees rituals, conjures living corpses and performs sometimes bloody sacrifices.
The Mûmakanin language, made up by the ICE Authors, was spoken mainly in the South of Middle-Earth and is loosely based on Abyssian vocabulary. Other, additional Mûmakanin added by fan-modules authors was based losely on arabian, old egyptian, Fon, Maninka, Zulu, and Malagasy.
- Realms of Arda: Akanli
- Lindefirion: Peoples of Middle-Earth