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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Abandoned hut, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Abandoned pygmy hut, reabsorbed by rainforest vegetation (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"The Baka bury their dead behind their huts. Then they abandon the camp. Life begins again, but in another place. The forest invades the clearing again, grows back inside and around the huts. The roots of the trees wrap around you as you lie buried underground, the trees feed on you. Every molecule of your body starts out again on its journey, going on to inhabit other forms of life..."

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

Soundscape: tropical rainforest sounds (Central Africa).

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

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 22:22.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).