Kategoria: African culture

Wagashi -juustoa fulaneiden tapaan

Toissa sunnuntaina päätin lähteä lypsylle. Villa Karon vartija Abdulaye lähti kanssani retkelle Agbanakin-kylään. Ensin kuljimme moottoripyörällä Grand-Popon markkinapaikan läheisyyteen, sieltä sitten ylitimme joen noin 30 sekunnissa veneellä ja pääsimme Togon puolelle. Parin kilometrin kävelymatkan aikana sohimme pitkällä puutikulla kypsiä keltaisia mangoja puista alas. Tähän aikaan vuodesta näkee paikallisten kävelevän kädet ja taskut täynnä mangoja. Vapaata riistaa! Jossain vaiheessa alkoi nenässä tuntua lehmien haju. Lantakasat höyrysivät. Olimme saapuneet fulanikylään.

Fulanit eli peulh-kansa ovat joidenkin lähteiden mukaan alkujaan kotoisin Pohjois-Afrikasta tai Lähi-idästä.

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Vodou day in Grand-Popo

For a decade now, I had witnessed almost all the Vodou ceremonies regarding annual commemoration of Vodoo festival that takes place every tenth of January. Those who had migrated to Benin and witnessed this event in the past should count themselves lucky. Lucky because they had received blessings from number of Vodou spirits present during the ceremonies.

As a preacher, I admire those who are driven by curiosity to deepen their knowledge and discover more about Vodou and …

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A Crash Course in Beninese French: Part III

You go to a restaurant. You spend quality time with your friends, you have a lovely dish of grilled barracuda with some wine. After eating, you ask for the check and you pay. When you get your change you ask for the toilets. And as the waitress wants to know whether you “wanna piss or take a shit” you suddenly realise that you are very far away from the images of a travel agency’s advertisement. Yes, you are in real …

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A Crash Course in Beninese French: Part II

As I already discussed in the first part of this writing, Beninese French is often used in a different way than European French. Here are some more useful tips for visitors of Villa Karo and Benin.

As words such as “bonsoir” sometimes find new meanings, expressions may also take new forms. That is the case of the exclamation “doucement!”. Literally this means “gently”, but the expression translates perhaps best into “behave yourself“ or “be more careful” in English. Whilst in …

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