Turnbull, Colin M.
The forest people
New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1962. 2, 295 p.: ill., maps
Colin M. Turnbull ; foreword by Harry L. Shapiro
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 1995. Computer File
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Colin Turnbull singles out a few events in order to present a general picture of the Epulu net-hunting band of Mbuti Pygmies. Extensive sections portray the band's reaction to the death of one of its members in a Congolese native village, which included flight to a forest camp and a prolonged MOLIMO mourning ceremony. Another large part is taken up with narrative of rites and attitudes related to coming-of-age and marriage. The theme running throughout these activities is a preference and reverence for forest life in contrast with the sedentary, cleared-plantation settlements of the Congo natives.
Document ID: fo04-003
1951, 1957, 1958
Adolph Hoehling ; John Beierle
Epulu Band, Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of the Congo