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The forest people

Author: Colin M Turnbull
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1961.
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Turnbull, Colin M.
Forest people.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1961
(OCoLC)576868321
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin M Turnbull
OCLC Number: 252882
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Colin M. Turnbull.

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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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