Snapshots of Africa

Ethiopia – lost in time

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Snapshots of Africa | 0 comments

Everywhere on earth it’s now 2016, except in Ethiopia where it’s still 2009 and new year’s day is 11 September. By Keri Harvey At 2 630m, the air in Lalibela is gaspingly thin and you find yourself panting as you walk. But it’s the wild, craggy scenery that surrounds the town and the ancient rock-hewn churches that really take your breath away. They’re roughly 800 years old, weathered and worn, but still breathe with life – courtesy of the constant stream of pilgrims who visit every day. It’s said King Lalibela had the churches carved after a vision instructed him to do so. Modern estimates...

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Madagascar – taboo and not to boo

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Snapshots of Africa | 0 comments

Madagascar is many things – boring is not one of them. Their intricate taboo system is so difficult to fathom that foreigners are thankfully pardoned from it. By Keri Harvey The Red Island of Madagascar is one of my favourite places on the planet. It has plenty of rough edges, the friendliest people with landscapes and wildlife straight from a Sci-fi movie. Their intricate system of fady or taboos by which they live may not be visible, but they remain titillating to foreigners. All 18 official tribes on Madagascar place absolute importance on the ancestors and their involvement in daily...

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Mali – Dogon mystery

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Snapshots of Africa | 0 comments

Posted by Keri Harvey As I descend the rugged Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, truth and reality seem hopelessly mismatched. The Dogon village I have arrived in clings precariously to the rockface of the arid escarpment, deep in the Sahel. Here the mud huts and stilted granaries with conical roofs have an ancient and ethereal air; yet the Dogon people hold cosmic knowledge only recently verified in the West. The Dogon have no telescopes, there’s not even a single pane of glass in their homes, yet they have always believed they are descended from the star Sirius – and they hold precise...

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