|Pays Dogon seemed so
remote, so inaccessible and so surreal that I never really imagined I
would ever get there. Now, after the event I realise that nowhere is
really inaccessible, it is just a matter of determination, discomfort and
more often than not, quite a lot of money.
The occasional French tour groups in
locally rented Toyotas do not really destroy the atmosphere and there
seems to be plenty of space for
everyone. Somehow, despite the
tourism, it manages to maintain its traditional culture and probably will
so long as we pay them to do so. Essentially it comes down to baobab trees, cute
straw roofed granaries and weird fetish stuff.
One major contribution to
world peace is the communal shelter where aggressive individuals are are
encouraged to talk things over. The roof is only 1.2 meters above
the ground so it is impossible to stand up and fight...not sure what a
well aimed Kalashnikov would achieve...
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