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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

African elephants, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Gabon)
African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) (Gabon).

"Tomorrow the women will drink the secret potion, so their throats can open up. The entire forest will hear their songs inviting good luck for the hunt. A spell cast in pentatonic melody, potent with honey and the other ingredients, to lure and discover the prey..."

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

Soundscape: Aka dance accompanied by polyphonic singing
and rhythmic claps (Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic).

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 19:05.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).