Bakota boy during the circumcision rite
1. Bakota circumcision
candidate during one
of the preliminary rituals.

Bakota Circumcision (Bantu)

with Bakoya Pygmy musicians and dancers

(Rainforest of Gabon)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
.Luis Devin - Ai confini del gusto.
Soundscape: Bakota ritual dance preceding the rite of circumcision
(Bakota of Gabon, with Bakoya Pygmy musicians and singers).
Bakota circumcision dance
2. Circumcision candidate
sitting on a relative's
shoulders for a ritual dance,
with music and chants of
the Bakoya Pygmies invited to
the village for the rite.
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Bakoya Pygmy singers
Dance of the Bakoya Pygmies
3. Group of Bakoya singing women.
4. Bakoya Pygmy dance in the Bakota village.
Bakota candidate
5. Bakota circumcision
candidate with his face
painted and a coin in
his mouth, during one
of the preliminary rituals.
Sorella del candidato (circoncisione Bakota)
6. Sister of the
circumcised boy,
with his face painted
white, during a
preparatory ritual.
Bakoya Pygmy singers
7. Bakoya women while performing ritual songs.
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Painted Bakota women
8. Bakota women and girls with their faces painted
for the rite of male circumcision..
Bakota singer
9. Bakota woman with
her face painted
and amulets around
his neck, singing a
ritual chant for the
male circumcision.
Bakota circumcision rite
10. Circumcision ritual dance.
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.

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Bakota circumcision with Bakoya songs and dances, with soundscape and notes (Rainforest of Gabon).

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 BaKoya Pygmy people live, is 13:18. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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