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The Babongo

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jesse burgum

on 14 April 2011

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The Babongo Location The Babango are native to the Western African country of Gabon. With eighty percent of the country covered in dense forest. The Babango people are heavily influensed by their habbitat."Tudi", the traditional housing of the Babongo, are made of materials soley from the materials around them. Population The Babongo people live alongside several other tribes because of their dwindling numbers. Only about 2,000 Bobongo people are alive today. The Babongo people are treated as second class citizens by the government, and many neighboring tribes. With no form of Health Care or support from other tribes, the Bobango people are "struggling to keep their identity"(BBC). Sources www.verycd.com Languages The Babango speak their own tribal language, but do to the French colonization in 1839 many also speak French, the national language Babongo Tradition: The funeral When a member of the tribe dies, the entire village is "cleansed" through ritual drumming and dancing. The women of the commuunity will wash and wrap the body in cloth. Then the men will cary the body to the forest, where the graveyard resides, for burial. during the three day period of mourning women paint their faces with white stone that symbolises purification. Babongo tradition: Bwiti The Babongo religion is called Bwiti.
Bwiti is a religion based on the belief of and around spirits that created the forest at the begining of time. Unlike many other tribal religions, Bwiti is actually one of the of gabon's official religions. Rites of passage: Iboga The Babongo people harvest the drug Iboga which comes from the root of the Iboga tree. Iboga is an extremely powerful "psycho-active" drug. The substance causes extreme anxiety and hallucinations. In Babongo culture the Iboga is most commonly used in a spiritual development ceremony, or to become a man. The three day ceremony consists of a person eating sliced Iboga root over a period of 24 hours. After this they are taken to the river and bathed. Next a seedling of the sacred tree is taken and planted in the village to represent the person's growth. Throughout the day the person is fed more Iboga while the whole village preforms vivid dances to encourage hallucinations. www.ibogalife.com www.wolframalpha.com www.bbc.co.uk/tribe www.bbc.co.uk/tribe "BBC - Tribe - Babongo." BBC - Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/tribe/tribes/babongo/index.shtml>. •
"Tribe Babongo - Gabon." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.mazalien.com/tribe-babongo-gabon.html>. Current issues: Loss of land? "In 2002, 26,000 square kilometres of Gabon's rainforest were turned into national parks by the President in an attempt to encourage 'eco-tourism' as an alternative to logging"(BBC). This could possibly offer some employment for the Babongo people as forest guides, but if the tribe were to lose their land they would lose their identity.
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