Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Born House

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Somehow I ended up at a celebration for a newborn baby this evening in Fiango, an area of town just next to Kumba. I didn’t really know anyone, but thanks to Cameroonian hospitality they welcomed me profusely, gave me food and drink, and we eager to talk with me. (There’s this commercial on TV here that starts of by saying, “If making friends with complete strangers is crazy, then Africa is the craziest place on earth.” It’s true!)

The event is called a “born house,” which is a traditional festival held by a family to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby. There is traditional food, dancing, and all sorts of other rituals. I only managed two pictures before my camera died. They are below.

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