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The Okande people are a small ethnic group living in Gabon. They are believed to number less than 10,000, having experienced decimation over the years due to exploitation, disease, and historic violence. Nevertheless, the Okande have managed to maintain a traditional consistency in their core beliefs. They are mostly found in the region of Booué in the province of Ogooué-Ivindo. It is not known for certain whether the Okande came from the east or the north, but there are reports that they may have come into this region of the country from outside. Yet the presence and persistence of their beliefs, in the midst of change and transformation of the social environment, represent a resilience of will.

It is thought that the strength of the Okande ...

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