Though blind, an Mbute boy endures rites of manhood alongside peers. He learns survival skills in the forest and takes part in all the rituals over a five month period until the group is initiated and boys become men. When the boys run along the trails he does also, with his hands on the back of the boy in front of him. All boys are whipped each morning which is believed to help make them tough to survive in the Ituri Forest.
Pygmies are semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers who rely on a healthy forest for their livelihood.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ituri Forest Pygmy_National Geographic Magazine 9/2005