Cote D'Ivoire Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Pete.Gibson
  • Local Customs
    by Pete.Gibson
  • Stilt Dancer
    Stilt Dancer
    by canuckmike

Cote D'Ivoire Local Customs

  • Stilt Dancer

    Stilt dancers are an amazing thing to see. They are young Dan men who train for many years in secrecy. Once they have become stilt dancers they can communicate with spirits which direct how the stilt dancers dance.

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  • Large Muslim Population

    Despite having two huge cathedrals the main religion besides traditional religions is Islam. So practice the standard muslim courtesies like coverup your shoulders and knees for the ladies and so on.

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  • The Senufo

    The Senufo are a traditional agricultural people of the northern savanna, renowned around the world for their woodcarving. Senufo masks, used in ritual forms of ancestor worship, are particularly prized by collectors. The Senufo are also widely celebrated for their music, which makes use of marimbas and tuned iron gongs in addition to an array of...

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  • Culture The art of Côte...

    Culture The art of Côte d'Ivoire is among the best in West Africa and is distinct to each ethnic group. Three groups stand out - the Baoulé, the Dan (or Yacouba) and the Senoufo - all known for their wooden carvings. The most common Dan mask is that of a human face, slightly abstract but with realistic features. Another common Dan carving is that...

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  • French and the African trade...

    French and the African trade languages are widely spoken. English is not heard very often; however, BEWARE of what you say. The African may not speak English, but he/she certainly understands it. It is not uncommon for arrests to occur when anything viewed as anti-Ivorian is spokenf - even in English.This picture is of my mother and I shopping...

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  • The people are very friendly,...

    The people are very friendly, though if you are outside the main cities the people can be very curious. Don't be too surprised if children scream with fear when they see you. There is a lot of poverty in the Cote d'Ivoire and I visited a shanty town (a friend's family were living there). This was a mind-opening experience because though these...

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