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KORHUGO

FULANI AND FIRE DANCE

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We set out early on the long drive to Korhogo. It was so much better than we thought because the roads are better than any we have seen. I even managed a good nap.

We stopped briefly after 4 hours for water and again at 5 hours to watch a fire dance which was amazing and nuts! The female dancers were the village’s virgins.

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The main guy, was nuts, he literally stood on the fire for several minutes and then went on the sit and roll in the fire several times. It was really quite fascinating.

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Just before arriving in Korhogo we made a surprise stop at a Fulani village. We always love these opportunities but it is evident that this village has at least seen tourists before. The kids were wild and surrounding us, holding our hands and begging for photos. Still it was a lot of fun. Writing this after two days in Korhogo, we have remarked that the people are dirty. Even in Togo where there was a lot of garbage, people were not filthy and of course, in Benin, everything and everyone was clean. Perhaps it is not that hard to understand because the dust and air quality is horrendous and we are truly filthy at the end of each day. Korhogo, as it turns out, is the worst we have seen in this regard. ( Note the lipstick on a couple of kids...no explanation for this)

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Once again, we are shocked at what we thought was a tourist town. I guess it is all relative because there really are no tourists. There is no infrastructure, no bathrooms, just lots of dust and smoke.

Posted by curlygirl 13:31 Archived in Cote d'Ivoire

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Fie dancing - you must have been totally in awe!

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