Home to some 30000 people, Ganvie is entirely built in the middle of a lake and is only accessible by boat.
There are two fascinating pieces of history that I have been told about Ganvie.
1) Back a couple hundred years ago during the slave trade, one of the more powerful groups (the Abomeyians) in present day Benin waged war against their weaker neighbours. They were able to sell off their captures to the Europeans in return for items (canons, for instance) which brought them more power and prestige. The Abomeyians, however, lived in land and did not know how to swim. So, a cleaver King from one of the weaker groups decided to move his city onto the water ... the result is before your eyes.
2) The story of how Ganvie was built is equally incredible. Apparently this cleaver King also had considerable magical power. He transformed himself into a crocodile so he could command the other crocodiles to bring bits of wood and thatch to the site that would become Ganvie.
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scalerman (26900) 2008-02-05 9:44
Caleb: welcome (change the first name though): Atmospheric image - sharp and with a tangible and not overdone light. fine work - good note. regards, c
albertopiubello (2623) 2008-02-05 9:48
I agree with Caleb "scalerman" about this atmospheric image and its sharpness.
During my stay in benin I couldn't visit Ganvié... I heard about the histories you talk about in your note.
AdrienneClaire (722) 2008-07-23 23:31
Wonderful job capturing the colors of the city. That is how I recall the water tones. Nice composition and reflections
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (1028)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FX-01
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Benin, Un-forgotten
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-05 9:32