With some people I met in Banfora town in soutwestern Burkina Faso I took a long walk in the forest. We reached a clearing that was regarded as a sacred place, where people came to perform offerings for the ghosts. Skulls of goats and hens were hanging from the trees and the ground was covered with feathers. These boys from some nearby village were watching the rituals, and since the slaughtering of an animal also meant a barbeque, I guess they were hoping for some parts of the food. The basket on the rock below the boys had been used for transportation of a hen.
This photo was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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saxo042 (37604) 2008-01-21 3:08
Interesting contrast between the light background and the dark foreground. Interesting note as well, some a kind of voodoo going on here? Did you see any wild animals around?
skoogmi (39) 2008-01-22 23:45
Bilden är lite mörk men kompositionen är väldigt bra. Man kan lätt tänka sig ett lejon ligga och vila på klippan här (när pojkarna gått hem).
kato (11630) 2013-07-18 20:18
You're capturing well this scene by a good cmposition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the mental spectacle expected to something that three children who are sitting down on the rock will get the meat of a near animal. It's interesing and funny a bit for the basket on the rock. And, FG is harmonized well with the greenery of backdrop.
Miguel82 (26546) 2015-06-25 9:32
Captivating illustration showing an animist place Gert, goats and hens are sacrified in the clearing, they are offered to calm the spirits, the boys are waiting peacefully ready to help their parents, thanks