Pygmy dancer during a ritual dance
1. Ritual dance in a
Baka camp in the
rainforest of Gabon.
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Ritual and Participation Dances

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
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Soundscape: fragment of a ritual dance
(Baka Pygmies of Gabon).
Pygmy dancer interpreting a mythological character
2. A danced interpretation
of a character of a
mythological tale.
Pygmy dancer with a headgear
3. Baka dancer
with a headgear.
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Ritual Pygmy drums used to accompany the the male initiation rite fo the Baka
4. Single-skin drum players
accompanying a ritual
dance during the male
initiation to the Spirit
of the Forest.
Go to the page: Baka music and
musical instruments

Go to the page: Male initiation rite
Pygmy dancer during a healing dance
5. Dancer performing
a healing dance.
Pygmy female dance
6. Female dancer
with palm leaves.
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in the rainforest
Video recording of Pygmy dances in the African rainforest
7. Video recording of a Baka ritual dance.
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The author:
Music anthropologist and writer, he has carried out field research in central Africa, where he lived with the Baka Pygmies and other forest peoples, whose music, rituals and survival strategies he has been studying for more than a decade.

Baka Pygmy ritual and participation dances, with photos and ethnographic notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 16:08. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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