Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Duala are a people from Cameroon who live along the coast of the country. They are related to the Sawa people and share customs and traditions with these coastal people as well. Although they have had an extensive contact with the European people, who came as slavers, missionaries, merchants, and soldiers, they have retained the memory of many of their ancient traditions. One can identify among the Duala, who have given their name to the largest city in the region, Douala, traits and characteristics that have influenced the entire nation of Cameroon. Bamboko, Bakweri, Isuwu, Malimba, Bakole, Wovea, and Mungo people are integrated into the Duala ethnicity, sharing common ancestors, kinship patterns, and language, although they have their own distinct varieties of the language. All of these people understand the Duala language. This entry looks at their history, culture, and religious practice. The founder of the Duala people was ...