Today I left my History of Art class realizing what nature and community truly are. Not only does nature grow to nourish those around it, but it is where humans aren’t. It can be sacred to those who find peace and contempt where humans haven’t tampered with. In Africa, many societies share the belief and worship of the powers behind nature, which is known as Geopiety. Djenne, Mali, a famous sacred site, is known for their mud festivals. This mosque was built out of dried-mud. By looking at the mosque, one may think of a cactus. However, the “sticks” sticking out are actually supposed to represent tree branches because of the sacredness of trees and nature to these societies. Due to the climate in Africa, the mosque needs to be replastered every spring. This festival calls the entire community together, yelling chants and songs, dancing to rhythms of the crowds, and throwing mud. This is a community.
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