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Title:Beer drinking and festivals among the Hide
Author:Eguchi, Paul KazuhisaISNI
Periodical:Kyoto University African Studies
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
social life
Abstract:The Hide tribe is one of several tribes speaking Chadic languages that inhabit the Mandara Mountain region between Northern Nigeria and Northern Cameroun. The author was in the area from April to June, 1969, the end of the dry season, which is considered a 'rest period'. The agriculturist Hide (numbering 5963 according to the 1959-62 census) spend this period for the most part drinking beer, celebrating festivals, and occasionally making war. The fact that through regular celebrations, including festivals, a small, weak tribe such as the Hide has been able somehow to solidify its tribal unity and survive to the present tine, can almost be considered a miracle. Sections: Beer and its consumption - Regular observances and festivals of the Hide - Significance and roles of beer drinking and regular observances. Bibl., notes, figures, photos.