Anamisme

17 03 2009
Traditional Animistic masks begin their marche to the grave site

Traditional Animistic masks begin their march to the grave site

The following pictures were taken in Niankorodougou during a funeral to honor an older woman that passed away recently. Her family is affiliated with the cotton industry in my area. A common proverb in Burkina Faso claims  that people here are “50%  Muslim, 50%  Christian, and 100%  Animist.” This funeral was one of my first introductions to Animism and the way people in my vilalge worship. It was a definate eye-opener,  complete with a masked-dancing troupe that I couldn’t help but admire and quickly photo document.  One of my first “hello real africa moments,”.  The funeral lasted an entire weekend and was complete with services, a bike contest, night lights!, and venders galore from neighboring villages.

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For those of your wondering…and should be rewarded for scrolling through all these pictures- my first introduction to village animism was being told to not go in “the haunted forest,”  a small wooded area next to a  metal welder’s shop and Nianko’s water tower.

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