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- plural madibu) is a proto-western Bantu word that
means dog bell. The word is used in the rainforest of central Africa.
These bells are carved from borassus
seedpod of the Palmyra Palm, or
from the wood of a tree called mumpala madibu, "for
carving dog bells", and which is said in one text to be able "to put
witches to flight." Iron came into use later and was used to
make bells. Because the dogs do not bark the bells are used to
track them while hunting and also help flush game ahead of the dogs.
Jan Vansina "Paths in the Rainforest", Wyatt
MacGaffey "Kongo Political Culture", and Wyatt
MacGaffey "Ethnographic notes on Kongo
musical instruments" in African Arts.