Burkina Faso Local Customs

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    The women of the village
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    Dancers in move
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Burkina Faso Local Customs

  • THE CURRENCY OF BURKINA FASO

    The currency of Burkina Faso is the West African CFA Franc. You may see it written as "F CFA" and you will hear it pronounced "see-fuh" or "see-fah". Officially it is the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). If you are looking for the exchange rates for their currency you will...

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  • Local music: Balafons

    Balafon is a traditional musical instrumental typical of West Africa. In Burkina is found mainly in the areas in the South. Balafon consists of wooden keys of varying lengths positioned on a wooden frame. Below each key is a calabash (a vine grown for its fruit, but dried used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe!) which acts to make the typical sound. A...

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  • Gaoua museum - the sacrifice

    The small statues outside of a Lobi house act as an altar and also for the bringing of good luck to the house. As such, there has to be a sacrifice to the statues to help them(the statues) make the decisions as regards the house. A Lobi will not undertake a voyage or make an important decision without first consulting his fetishes. People who know...

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  • Fetiches 2

    Normally people sacrifice hens or chickens.Although depending on the importance of the request they can can sacrifice lambs or cows too.Near Bobo Diulasso there's a river where it is custom to sacrifice animals and offer its guts to sacred fishes (siluros) that live there.There's frequent to see civil servants requesting ascents or not to...

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  • Fetiches

    Burkina Faso is a country basically animist.Although an important part of the population of Burkina is Muslim or Christian, the majority practices animistic rites too.You can see altars for sacrifices or fetiches in the strangest places

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  • Animal sacrificies

    You should remember that you are in Africa, there are some local cultural traditions that are still in practise like animal sacrifices. Try not to be too sensitive, although for you it can seem a barbaric it is normal for them and they really believe on it.Recuerda que estas en Africa, existen tradiciones locales que todavía estan en practica como...

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  • wedding gifts

    Women in Burkina Faso receive a lot of wedding presents and these are displayed in the front room of the house for every one to see. Druing the wedding ceremonies they are displayed in the house of the bride and guest can come and admire them It is common for a bride and her relatives to have a photo taken with the presents.

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  • Unusual wedding customs

    the Jula ethnic group of Burkina Faso has a practice of carrying the bride around in a special bed, with adult men holding the bed and dancing to the drums and singing that accompanies the celebrations

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  • Slow down!

    I think one of the most important things to develop in Burkina Faso is patience. Life moves at a very different rhythm to that of most Western travellers, and if you are going to enjoy your journey, you simply have to accept that.Sometimes, your bus will leave hours or even days late, because they want it to fill up completely or because there's...

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  • People are friendly in Burkina...

    People are friendly in Burkina Faso. Dont refuse if the locals invite you for a cup of tea and want to chat with you. Its so interesting to meet them and see their way of life. PHOTO: SOME PEOPLE IN NORTHERN BURKINA FASO SITTING IN THEIR TENT.

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  • In the Northern part of...

    In the Northern part of Burkina, you may meet the Peul people. They wear a tipical coical-sahped hat, made with straw and leather. A lot of people buy them as a souvenir and they can be easily found in the main market places.By my point of view, it is extremely interesting to see how farming is organised in Burkina, taking into consideration that...

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