IMAGES OF MALI ...THE MUD MOSQUES OF MALI


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March 1st 2011
Published: March 3rd 2011
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THE MUD MOSQUES OF MALI



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 SEGOUOLD SEGOUOLD SEGOU

This old mosque is waterfront...overlooking a sky blue lake...
mud mosque to mud mosque from Bamako to Timbuktu) !!!


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ON THE ROAD NORTH OF BAMAKO ON THE ROAD NORTH OF BAMAKO
ON THE ROAD NORTH OF BAMAKO

...corrugated iron doors instead of wood...what were they thinking?
A VILLAGE MOSQUEA VILLAGE MOSQUE
A VILLAGE MOSQUE

On the way to Denne...this inland delta area has many mosques indicating a magnificent culture...unfortunately many are obscured from view by village walls
SEGOUSEGOU
SEGOU

Down the river after an idyllic Christmas Day cruise...voila
DJENNEDJENNE
DJENNE

Awaiting the invention of the clothes line?
ONTO THE ROOFONTO THE ROOF
ONTO THE ROOF

Exposing the ventilation system
INSIDE...INSIDE...
INSIDE...

Narrow halls & walls of timber lined with mud which support the roof and structure
DJENNE COUNTYDJENNE COUNTY
DJENNE COUNTY

About the first village after crossing the river from Djenne, the 4 Belgians gave me a business card..."We saw your good deeds at the river crossing...contact us...we videoed the lot"
DOGON VILLAGEDOGON VILLAGE
DOGON VILLAGE

Village on the way from Teli to Ennde
DOGON MUD MOSQUEDOGON MUD MOSQUE
DOGON MUD MOSQUE

On the Falaise


3rd March 2011

Congratulations
What a great collection of mosque photos - you are obviously heaps ahead of us sorting photos.
7th March 2011

THE MUD MOSQUES OF MALI
Thank you Dancing Dave for these sensational photos - I am transported each time I see them...
7th August 2012

Dance...
I would also like to dance .....

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