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Title:Ecological and Sociological Importance of Honey to the Mbuti Net Hunters, Eastern Zaire
Author:Ichikawa, Mitsuo
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.1%201981/Mitsuo%20ICHIKAWA.pdf
Abstract:From 1974 to 1975 ecological and anthropological research was carried out among the Mbuti pygmies of the Ituri forest. Eastern Zaire. As the study of their subsistence activities, diet and social life advanced, the importance of honey to the Mbuti's life became clear. Honey is the Mbuti's favourite food. In the honey season they lead a life relying mainly on honey. In addition to its importance to their diet, honey provides the key to understanding Mbuti social life for honey functions as the medium by which their social relations are regulated. Namely, honey facilitates the unity of the people who live in small honey collecting groups while, conversely, disputes or friction among band members may be dissolved by separating the people into small honey collecting groups. Fig., ref., tab.