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The forest people / Colin M. Turnbull.

Turnbull, Colin M. (Author).


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.

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  • Physical Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1961.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Subject: Mbuti (African people)
Ethnology > Congo (Democratic Republic)
Pygmies > Congo (Democratic Republic) > Ituri Forest.
Ethnologie > Congo (République démocratique)
Mbuti (Peuple d'Afrique)
Pygmées > Congo (République démocratique) > Forêt de l'Iturie.
Mbuti (African people)
Congo (Democratic Republic) > Ituri Forest.
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Republik Kongo
Mbuti (African people)
Ethnology > Congo (Democratic Republic)

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