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Kalabari Bibi

Kalabari Culture

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Below are some aspects of the cultural heritage of the Kalabaris:
ama buro = this is a kind of procession when a group of people recently bereaved of an aged loved one go round the city in traditional attires, accompanied by singing and druming men and women.
bibi fe = a ceremony performed for a recent bride which traditionally empowers her to cook and eat in her husband's home.
bele tein =  a kind of ceremony performed for a man and a woman who intend to marry but are related by blood through distant ancestral link. It involves exchange of drink, etc.
bu pikima = this is the practice of going before an oracle to declare that one is innocent, by taking an oath.
bu sima = this is the practise of very low dressing profile void of flamboyance by a woman as a result of mourning the dead.
din koru = an all - night burial rites performed for the dead. It involves singing, dancing, eating, praising of the dead, etc.
din krama = final burial rites performed on the 7th and 8th days following interment for a recent dead.
dubu gbain = the practice of going back to a recent grave after four or five days following interment in order to fortify it.
duein boma nume = a kind of native dirge composed and sung by a chief mourner, accompanied by other singers and instrumentalists, to praise a loved one who had passed on.
duein amana = this is a prossess of tying up the pelvic, groins and the buttocks of the dead to prevent the contents of the bowel gushing out.
duein doku =  this is the practice of embalming the dead locally with lime + camphor +alcohol, etc.
duein sira = this is a designated place where some of the belongings of a departed person are burnt.
ekpe kin = this is the traditional method of puttiing an artificial beauty spot especially on a woman, using niddles, soothe, kerosine, etc.
iru kari = this is the practice of pouring drink on the ground for the dead ancestors. It is done, either to appease them or to solicit their help in a time of crisis. 
iria = a kind of ritual performed with traditional attires, beads and other jewels by a woman who is about to get married or had just weaned a child or lost a loved one.
nonju piri dibi = the practice of burying a wicked person such as one that had bewitched people, in a special burial ground.
oru gbo = this is the practice of someone invoking the anger of the gods or godesses of the land against another who had violated his or her rights, etc.
ogbo gbo = this is the practice of someone taking another who had offended him or her, before the traditional court of the land. It is usually presided over by chiefs.
ye dokima = the practice of burning some personal belongings of someone who had died recently with the belief that he or she will need them in the land of the dead.
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