There is a pygmy tribe in Africa that believes that, if you lived a good life, you go to a place called Europe after death and you become white!
In The Republic of Congo (not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo), in the very dense Ndoki Forest, live the Mbendjele Yaka pygmy tribe.
They are a primitive, hunter-gatherer tribe with strongly held religious beliefs of their own.
They believe that all living things, including trees and other plants, have spirits.
That is why, they say, you can hear a tree scream before it falls down after it had been felled.
Humans, animals and plants are all in the care of ‘Komba’ (God) who gave everything its spirit. They believe that everything is reincarnated by Komba after death.
If you lived an exceptionally good life, without harming others, you go to Komba’s forest camp called Putu. Putu is actually the word used for Europe!
When you arrive in this place you undergo a transformation—like a snake shedding its skin—and you become pale or white looking. So everybody in Putu (Europe) is a ghost and is pale-skinned!
If you were a murderer or a cannibal, the Mbendjele believe you will be reincarnated as a prey animal like a duiker (tiny antelope), monkey, porcupine or hyrax. You will be hunted, killed and eaten, just like you have done to others while you were still alive.
This reincarnation will repeat itself over and over again. They believe it's Komba’s idea of a bad joke to punish you for your evil deeds. Karma!