DOBES Archive

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
divorce
Brief description of regulations after a divorce concerning the brideprice and child custody.
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.
widowhood
This recording was made in the family house of EL. EL describes the rites performed after the death of a spouse.
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.
giant
A story about a man, his son, and a giant