Damongo Travel Guide

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Damongo Things to Do

  • Interact with the locals

    One of the most delightful things about visiting these little villages, was the interaction with the local people. The adults were a tad shy, and took a lot more encouragement to engage in ‘conversation’, but the children totally lack inhibitions and would love to walk around with you, hold your hand, touch you to see if you are ‘real’, and having...

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  • Walk through the village

    To give you a taste of rural Ghana, take a stroll through the village. You will see people cooking outside their houses, little shops with the front open out to the road, barbers where men are having their hair neatly trimmed or women with their elegant and imaginative coiffeurs. Large posters will advertise the various hairstyles available. Street...

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Damongo Local Customs

  • Make your own.....

    I was very impressed by the ingenuity, resourcefulness and creative flair of these children – with no toy shops around, if they want something to play with, they have to make it themselves. Look at this car – isn’t it magnificent? You can see why they are so proud of it!

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  • Washday

    There is no well in the village, so water has to be brought in containers from the well which is over a mile away. Washing is carried out in the traditional way, there are no washing machines or Laundromats here, just bad backs and chafed hands. Drying is done by draping the wet clothes over whatever you can find – fences, walls, trees, bushes or...

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  • Greeting the chief

    Protocol states that you must always greet the village chief and ask permission to enter the village before you go in. This is very important to follow, as we found out in one of the villages we entered (without gaining permission from the chief) and were chased away by a young man with a gun! Usually this permission is granted, although I am sure...

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Damongo Off The Beaten Path

  • Sewing

    Sewing is a very popular past-time, and you often see people sitting alongside the road, outside their homes or in the market, with an old-fashioned foot-operated Singer machine. Materials can be bought quite cheaply in the markets and transformed into colourful garments for men and women.

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  • Cooking

    The cooking is mostly done over charcoal (see previous tip) outside in the courtyard. The women are the main cooks in the family (sometimes helped by the young children – picture five), and here you can see a woman pounding kapok nuts (pictures one, three and four) to make a sauce (picture two). During the dry season, cooking is done outside in the...

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  • Charcoal

    The villagers also derive some income from making and selling charcoal. I've often wondered why people cook over charcoal. It seems so labour-intensive to stack up wood in huge, dirt ovens and bake it slowly down to little black lumps. Why not just burn the wood? To make charcoal, wood (mostly acacia trees are used here) is baked slowly under...

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