Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Our Lady of Peace basilica in Yamoussoukro, capital of the Ivory Coast. Is the largest church in the world.

Les Cascades de Man

The Senufo are renowned for their complex initiation rites. The male initiation rite is a long process which takes 21 years to be completed. It is the passage from youth to adulthood and it consists in learning the social and religious secrets that turn a boy into a genuine Senufo man. The most spectacular Senufo male mask dance is the Boloy, known as panther dance, performed by initiated.
The dance of the virgin girls, called Ngoro, is part of the female initiation. After seven years there is a big celebration for those who have undergone all stages of initiation. In particular the dance of the virgin girls is performed at the end of the first stage of initiation.

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