West African Mosque
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This picture was taken in the Dogon village of Kani Kombole in southeastern Mali (West Africa). Dogon people live along the Bandiagara Escarpment and had created mysterious and complicated mythology involving gods from space. Dogons' myths fascinated and inspired many scientists and researchers, including ufologist Erich von Daniken and anthropologist Marcel Griaule. Some of the Dogon still maintain traditional, animistic beliefs, but some converted to Islam. They raise their temples in the so called Sudanese style. Wooden beams characteristic for this architecture help to support clay construction, but also serve as the scaffolding once per year, when the reparations take place after each rainy season. Adobe mosques' towers are finished off with ostrich eggs, which are believed to represent protective powers.
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