DOBES Archive

Burial
This recording was made in the family house of EL. HNM describes the rites performed after the death of an Isubu with a distinction made between those that belong to the secret Society Dzengu and those that do not.
born_house
Brief description of the celebration of the birth of a child called born house. This recording followed a discussion on the topic in CPE and English.
Isubu dictionary
The first part of this dictionary consists of a short grammatical sketch to give an idea of the basic structure of the language to the reader. Then come the Isubu - English and English - Isubu sections. In both sections, the head entry is followed either by the part of speech the word belongs to and the translation, or the plural counterpart (in case of nouns) the part of speech (thus n.) and the translation. When necessary, some explanations are provided in parentheses just after the head entry or the translation for more clues on the word’s meaning. example sentences are not included in the respective entries.
Ndole and Plantain
The recording describes the preparation of Ndole and plantain, which is a common dish among the Isubu, but also in the wider region. Ndole is a type of green leaf/vegetable, which is also called bitter leaf. Plantain is a type of banana that is either cooked or fried.
Procedural_texts_03
On this recording, the preparation of sniffing tobacco and ripe plantains are explained.
Procedural_texts_02
The preparation of different dishes is explained on the recording: the preparation of pap, Koki corn and the drying of corn.
procedural_texts_01
The preparation of different dishes is described: the preparation of starch, Miondo, Waterfufu, Koki Cassava, steamed fish, Masoma, cassava with plum and the drying and cooking of crayfish (with palm nut soup).
Anecdote mermaid
KM describes how she saw a mermaid, when she was a child.
three stories
The file is composed of three independent stories. The first is about a lizard and a dog and explains, why lizards shake their heads. The second story is about the wisdom of the tortoise who borrows money from his friend, a pig, and later uses a trick not to repay the money. This story also offers an explanation why pigs dig the ground with their noses. The third story is again about the wisdom of the tortoise. The tortoise and his friend, the dog, were stealing food for their children. When the tortoise was caught, it used a trick to escape.
settlement_of_strangers
Brief description of the selling of land and settlement of strangers in the Isubu villages. The recording is not fully transcribed and translated but only the beginning.
widowhood
This recording was made in the family house of EL. EL describes the rites performed after the death of a spouse.
divorce
Brief description of regulations after a divorce concerning the brideprice and child custody.
marriage
Brief description of the tradition "knock-door" preceding traditional marriages among the Isubu, where the bride price is negotiated and the required presents brought for the families. This recording followed a discussion on the topic in CPE and English.
childbirth
Brief description of rites a number of Isubu perform after the birth of a child in the town Buea, Mokpe area. This recording followed a discussion on the topic in CPE and English.
reception_of_guests
Brief description of the the reception of guests by the Isubu people. This recording followed a general discussion on settlement patterns and immigrants from other ethnic groups in the Isubu villages. This discussion was mainly done in English.
Female duties
JEn describes the daily duties and routines of a woman in Isubu like sweeping or cooking, i.e. how a day generally looks like.
broom_making
Brief description of the process of making a broom that is used to sweep in and around the house. It is made of the ribs of palm leaves, whcih are cleared and tied into a bundle. The recording was made spontaneously while observing the process.
drying_fish
KM describes how fish was dried in the villages in former times. This is no longer practised today - the fish is either sold to traders directly, kept in deep freezers or smoked.