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The Forest People by Colin M. Turnbull
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Jun 17, 2010

bookshelves: anthropology
Read in January, 2001

Student of Evans-Pritchard, Turnbull writes of the pygmies in the Belgian Congo. Includes the molimo (trumpet to "wake up" the forest), elima (girls' puberty rite), marriage, nkumbi rite of the villagers (circumcision rite in which Pygmies participate despite its lack of ritual importance or relvance to them). Also contracts the village life of the "negroes," who consider themselves masters of the Pygmies. (p. 145 dif., attitudes toward demeanor during rituals).
Quote, "There is darkness all around us; but if darkness IS, and the darkness is of the forest, then the darkness must be good." (p. 93)
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