The Mud Mosque at Djenne captured my imagination from the pictures in books from my childhood...an exotic image that remained with me...but as I have now been there...the images are real and indelibly printed in my psyche...
I photograhed as many Mud Mosques as I could as I danced through Mali.
Mali is a predominately Muslim nation, so each village has a mosque. There is the occasional Christian mud church.
However, as it does not erode in rain, concrete is being used in the construction of some village mosques, sometimes painted pink or light blue.
There is pressure to replace mud with concrete...but there is opposition as mud artisans are an ancient traditional craft...and every village can make mud bricks if there is a pool of water nearby...and the expense is only labour time...
Here are a collection of mud mosques as we travelled north from Bamako to Segou, Mopti, Dogon Country on our trek through the Bandiagara escarpment, mosques as seen from a pinasse as we cruise up the Niger to Timbuktu...and Timbuktu "La Mysterieuse" as well.
Enjoy & Regards,
Dancing Dave (who danced through Mali from
OLD SEGOUThis old mosque is waterfront...overlooking a sky blue lake...
mud mosque to mud mosque from Bamako to Timbuktu) !!!
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