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date: 13 July 2020


  • K.A. Gourlay
  • , revised by Ferdinand J. de Hen


Ground bow of the Gbaya-Bokoto of the Central African Republic. A pit about 20 cm deep and 25 to 30 cm in diameter is dug in the ground, and a pliant stick, more than 1 metre long, is fixed in the ground about 1 metre away from it. A strong string about 80 cm long is attached to the upper end of the stick, which is bent so that the string descends perpendicularly to the pit. The string passes through a small hole in the bottom of an empty tin can and is knotted inside. The tin is placed open-end downwards in the pit and kept in position by the soles of the player’s feet as he sits on the ground with the string in front of him. The string is struck with the index finger of the right hand and stopped at the upper end by gripping it between the thumb and index finger of the left....

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