Molimo or Ritual Trumpet, Based

Molimo or Ritual Trumpet, Based


Molimo Or Ritual Trumpet


African Tribal

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Central Africa

Mbuti Pygmy People

19th C.

Animal Horn


To the Mbuti people, the forest is a sacred place, believed to be their protector and provider. After the death of an important tribes member or disastrous event, a special ritual called Molimo is practiced. A trumpet, also called molimo, is played loudly to ''wake up'' the forest in the belief that bad things happen to the tribe when the forest is asleep. Made of wood, bamboo or animal horns, the value of a molimo was based on the sound it produced.
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