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Mbuti - Jessica Bachand Mbuti Pygmies The Mbuti Pygmies...

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Jessica Bachand 02/21/08 Mbuti Pygmies The Mbuti Pygmies, also known as the Bambuti (Wikipedia) are a peaceful tribe living in Congo, or formerly Zaire (McCrummen 1, Mbuti 1). To be more specific, they are a tribe of about 30,000 people separated into bands of 15-60 people (Wikipedia 1) The Mbuti are hunters and gatherers, though most of them live in the Ituri Rainforest (McCrummen 1, Mbuti 1), hence their name “Mbuti” which means “people of the trees” (Wikipedia). By living in the forest, the Mbuti not only escape influence and pressure by the government (Wikipedia) but are also provided with everything they need to survive: the rainforest provides them with a constant comfortable warm temperature, regular rainfall, rich soil, and plenty of animals for food (McCrummen 1). The forest is very important to the Mbuti, in fact they even consider the forest a sort of deity, to whom they pray and give thanks to (McCrummen 1) The Mbuti worship with forest, and if something bad happens among the tribe they believe it is because the forest is sleeping, so they sing to wake it up, they sing songs of rejoice, devotion and praise to make the forest happy (Mbuti 1). But the Mbuti do not believe in evil spirits or sorcery (Mbuti 1), just sleeping forests. In addition to their singing, the Mbuti have the Molimo. The Molimo is a ritual celebrated to give thanks to
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