Tag Archive: Zones of Kalehe and Kabare

May 04 2013

Bird stories, Blue-headed Coucal (Centropus monachus)

The Tembo tribe of the Congo use parts of the Blue-headed Coucal as medicine. Its well-dried head serves as medicine for a women who has just given birth so that she can give much milk. For this, its head is suspended over the woman’s chest with a rope called Lubiku. Also, when it sings, people …

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May 03 2013

Bird stories, Black-casqued Hornbill (Ceratogymna atrata)

During the Tembo initiatory rites in the forest, its head is used as a mask. It is also used in the dance called Britnga among the Betende clan during the initiation ceremonies. It is thought that it flies singing Fuo, fuo, fuoo (Who lives there?). Its head is used in the treatment of headaches. One …

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