Ganni once again

Trip Start Jun 02, 2003
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Sunday, May 1, 2005

Well, last weekend I headed over to Nikki to ooh and ahh at dancers, horses, and fancilly-dressed and make-up-ed people. Before I went, however, I arranged to have an old Bariba man speak about the history of Ganni to students at the school and a few interested Peace Corps volunteers. It was quite interesting. It turns out that Gaani is about how the Wasangaari Baribas defeated the "Mohamedans," (the people who followed Mohamed) as the old man called them, by refusing to be converted and finally fleeing Saudi Arabia to go to parts of what is now Nigeria and Benin. Gaani is actually the name of the entire month which begins right around Mohomed's birthday, for that is when Mohomed decided not to follow the Wasangaari and to give up. This is all quite ironic, of course, as nearly all of the Baribas I know are Muslim. The preceding history is the abridged version because I can't remember all of the details right now, and I don't have any notes with me. The actual talk, given in Bariba and then translated into French, took several long hours.

So, Gaani is the biggest holiday of the year for the Bariba. It is planned way in advance. There is a lot of fanfare. It is all quite exciting. I hope to put photos and video up soon


sorry guys....this entry is not finished and may not be until i get home and am able to spend some time putting video, photos, etc. but i can't add a new entry till i finish this one, so bear with me....ignore this one for now. i will fix it up later.
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