African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples
Old Baka woman with a basket on her back, outside a mud hut (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).
"The final blessing also comes through the old woman's mouth. She wets you with her lucky saliva. You feel her mouth on your hair, her rough open hands on your ears. She presses your head between her hands. Good luck be with you, she says. And then disappears, swallowed up by the crowd."
Luis Devin, The Forest Has You. Story of an Initiation
Italian edition: La foresta ti ha. Storia di un'iniziazione
(Castelvecchi - LIT Edizioni)