The forest people / Colin M. Turnbull.
This study of the BaMbuti Pygmies of the Congo has become a classic work in the finest tradition of literate anthropology. Turnbull lived among the BaMbuti for three years, not as a clinical observer, but as a friend, learning their customs and sharing their daily life. Turnbull describes their hunting parties and nomadic camps, their love affairs and ancient ceremonies--the molimo, in which the Pygmies praise the forest as provider, protector, and deity; the elima, in which the young girls come of age; and the nkumbi circumcision rites, in which the villagers of the surrounding non-Pygmy tribes attempt to assert their authority over the Pygmies, whose forest home they dare not enter.
- Physical Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1961.
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The world of the forest -- The good death of Balekimito -- The making of Camp Lelo -- The song of the forest -- The crime of Cephu, the bad hunter -- The giver of the law -- The play world of the BaMbuti.
Molimo: the dance of death -- The world of the village -- Elima: the dance of life -- The marriage of Kenge -- Village initiation and magic -- Forest horizons -- The world beyond -- The dream world.