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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Circumcision rite, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Bakota, Gabon)
A Bakota (Bantu) candidate for ritual circumcision in a rainforest village (Bakota, Gabon).

"You cut your hair, begin to dress in a different way, and the community immediately understand that you are no longer the same person. You are entering into a special stage of your life, a liminal stage. Or you are coming out of one..."

Luis Devin, The Forest Has You. Story of an Initiation
Italian edition: La foresta ti ha. Storia di un'iniziazione
(Castelvecchi - LIT Edizioni)

Soundscape: polyphonic song recorded in a Bakoya village
in the rainforest of Gabon (Bakoya Pygmies of Gabon).

Photo gallery about African Pygmies and the rainforest, with soundscapes from pygmy camps and the forest.

      Page URL:       Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 19:33.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).