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RAINFOREST AND AFRICAN PYGMIES

Photo gallery with quotes from the book "The Forest Has You" and soundscapes

The initiation rite
PHOTO: Luis Devin during a ceremony of the Baka initiation rite (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).
SOUNDSCAPE: sounds of the Baka initiation camp and surrounding rainforest. In the background, ritual dance with initiates shouting (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon)


"Suddenly I find that their hands are touching me. They scoop oil and coloured paste from the bowl and slowly massage my body... These are women from my old camp, come to support me during the rituals. Here, they represent my family. They look after me with the same care as the real mothers and sisters of the other boys..."

Luis Devin, The Forest Has You
(La foresta ti ha - Castelvecchi/LIT Edizioni)