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The Forest People — Colin M. Turnbull's best-selling, classic work — describes the author's experiences while living with the BaMbuti Pygmies, not as a clinical observer, but as their friend learning their customs and sharing their daily life.

Turnbull conveys the lives and feelings of the BaMbuti whose existence centers on their intense love for their forest world, which, in return for their affection and trust, provides their every need. We witness their hunting parties and nomadic camps; their love affairs and ancient ceremonies — the molimo, in which they 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 impose their culture on the Pygmies, whose forest home they dare not enter.

The Forest People eloquently shows us a people who have found in the forest something that makes their life more than just living — a life that, with all its hardships and problems and tragedies, is a wonderful thing of happiness and joy.

Synopsis:

The bestselling, classic text on one anthropologist’s incredible experience living among the African Mbuti Pygmies, and what he learned from their culture, customs, and love of life.

In this bestselling book, Colin Turnbull, a British cultural anthropologist, details the incredible Mbuti pygmy people and their love of the forest, and each other. Turnbull lived among the Mbuti people for three years as an observer, not a researcher, so he offers a charming and intimate firsthand account of the people and their culture, and especially the individuals and their personalities. The Forest People is a timeless work of academic and humanitarian significance, sure to delight readers as they take a trip into a foreign culture and learn to appreciate the joys of life through the eyes of the Mbuti people.

About the Author

Colin M. Turnbull was born in London, and now lives in Connecticut. He was educated at Westminster School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy and politics. After serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II, he held a research grant for two years in the Department of Indian Religion and Philosophy at Banaras Hindu University, in India, and then returned to Oxford, where he studied anthropology, specializing in the African field.

He has made five extended field trips to Africa, the last of which was spent mainly in the Republic of Zaïre. From these trips he drew the material for his first book, The Forest People, an account of the three years he spent with the Pygmies of Zaïre.

Mr. Turnbull was a Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and a Corresponding Member of Le Musée Royal d'Afrique Centrale.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword

1 The World of the Forest

2 The Good Death of Balekimito

3 The Making of Camp Lelo

4 The Song of the Forest

5 The Crime of Cephu, the Bad Hunter

6 The Giver of the Law

7 The Play World of the BaMbuti

8 Molimo: the Dance of Death

9 The World of the Village

10 Elima: the Dance of Life

11 The Marriage of Kenge

12 Village Initiation and Magic

13 Forest Horizons

14 The World Beyond

15 The Dream World

A Note on Pronunciation

Glossary

Index

Maps follow page

Illustrations follow page

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671640996
Author:
Turnbull, Collin
Author:
Turnbull, Colin M.
Author:
Turnbull, Colin
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Mbuti (African people)
Subject:
Ethnology -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
Subject:
Mbuti
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Africa; pygmies; African tribes; native tribes; jungle; Congo; Zaire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Rwanda; tribal ritual; classic literature; heart of darkness; joseph conrad
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Touchstone Book
Series Volume:
v. 39
Publication Date:
19870731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.52 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The bestselling, classic text on one anthropologist’s incredible experience living among the African Mbuti Pygmies, and what he learned from their culture, customs, and love of life.

In this bestselling book, Colin Turnbull, a British cultural anthropologist, details the incredible Mbuti pygmy people and their love of the forest, and each other. Turnbull lived among the Mbuti people for three years as an observer, not a researcher, so he offers a charming and intimate firsthand account of the people and their culture, and especially the individuals and their personalities. The Forest People is a timeless work of academic and humanitarian significance, sure to delight readers as they take a trip into a foreign culture and learn to appreciate the joys of life through the eyes of the Mbuti people.

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