Turnbull, Colin M.. The forest people

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Title: The forest people

Published By: New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1962. 2, 295 p.: ill., maps

By line: Colin M. Turnbull ; foreword by Harry L. Shapiro

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Mbuti (FO04)

Subjects: Nuptials (585); Dying (763); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: 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 Number: 3

Document ID: fo04-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: 1951, 1957, 1958

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Adolph Hoehling ; John Beierle

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Epulu Band, Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Bambute


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