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(also Douala), a people of Cameroon, inhabiting the shores of the Gulf of Guinea.
The Duala are subdivided into the Mboko, Bakwari, Pongo, Wuri, and several other tribes. The Duala and the related Balundu and Bassa peoples number about 700,000 (1967 estimate). The language of the Duala is related to the northwestern branch of the Bantu linguistic family and is one of the principal languages in southern Cameroon. Although the majority of Duala are Christians, some have preserved their ancient traditional beliefs (the worship of natural forces and ancestors). Their chief occupations are agriculture (millet, manioc, cacao), the harvesting of the fruit of the oil palm, the gathering of rubber, and, on the coast, fishing. Some Duala work in enterprises in Douala and Kribi.