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Aboubacrine Ag Moha

Water and sand: adobe buildings

Segou, Mopti, Djenné, Timbouctou, Gao … made from sand and water, along the river Niger, the sea of the desert. The adobe buildings of these cities are famous around the world. They are the most important pearls of the necklace connected with dozen little pearls: myriad villages, with each their small adobe mosque, all with their unique design.
The mosque of Djenné is the hugest construction in adobe in the world. The big mosque of Timbuktu was built in the 15th century when Timbuktu was the most famous university city with its 20.000 students. Remainders of this past are the innumerable manuscripts still to be admired in Timbuktu.
The mosque of Mopti and its neighbouring streets bring you back in earlier times, embracing you with an indescribable beauty. As narrow the streets in Mopti, as large they are in Gao but with as beauty adobe houses.
The inhabitants of this adobe world dress the most vivant colours. Boubous of basal have to be straight and stiff, because of new. The earrings, head-dresses, necklaces, rings are a pleasure for the eye; the utensils of a peerless beauty as there are the pottery of Segou, the bogolans of Djenné, the necklaces of Mopti, the artificial pearls of Gao.

Malibou guides you through the sand or the water and brings you into an intense contact with the inhabitants, their way of living, the wisdom of their lives and immerses you in the colours of Mali.

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