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date: 18 November 2019

Molimo [isumba]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen

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[isumba]

Wooden or bamboo voice modifier and trumpet of the Mbuti Pygmies of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A long metal drainpipe has been used instead; the material is considered unimportant, although a hollowed length of wood is preferred. The term molimo also refers to a ritual celebrated to awaken the forest, protector of the Mbuti people, and for related ceremonies. The instrument is sounded during the ritual by a young man after it has been immersed in water and rubbed with leaves and earth; sometimes it is passed through fire and rubbed with hot ashes. Its sounds imitate animal noises, and it is often referred to as the ‘animal of the forest’. When the ...

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