Kanji: 塩. Radical: 鹵. Number of strokes: 13. Meaning: “ salt”. Pronunciation: エン、しおen, shio. Other form: 鹽.

Guerewol – A courtship ritual

Guerewol – A courtship ritual

“In-gali, in Niger, is a festival town. At the end of the rainy season, different nomadic peoples (including the Tuaregs) gather there for the “Cure salée”, an important salt market that lasts several weeks. On this occasion, the Woodabe hold the Guerewol, a courtship ritual where men try to woo a jury of young women.
To impress the jury, men will have to show off their best assets and for the Woodabe, that means being tall, having white eyes and teeth and knowing how to bust a move in the traditional song and line-dancing: the yaake. On the day of the performance, men wear elaborate headpieces complete with feathers to make themselves look taller.
Their faces will be painted with red, yellow or white and their lips and eyes contoured in black to emphasize the eyes and teeth Then, the yaake will begin. The yaake is as important as the dress and make-up: it will show how the men can carry themselves, a way to judge of their elegance. During the dance, the contestants will also heavily roll their eyes and show their teeth in the hope that they will be noticed.
The ultimate winner is designated by three women chosen by the elders and the lucky guy has his pick of a love partner but other women also have their pick. The rest of the week-long festival is dedicated to clan meetings, marriage negotiations, and other social events.” (flockeo.com/en/guerewol-niger/)

Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans

Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans

The Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans - A historical Royal Saltworks (located in the Doubs, France) built by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806). UNESCO World Heritage Site 1982 along with the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains. “… The (construction of) Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, near Besançon (…) begun in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, and was the first major achievement of industrial architecture, reflecting the ideal of progress of the Enlightenment. The vast, semicircular complex was designed to permit a rational and hierarchical organization of work and was to have been followed by the building of an ideal city, a project that was never realized.”


La Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans - Une saline royale historique (située dans le Doubs, France) construite par Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806). Site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO 1982 avec la Grande Saline de Salins-les-Bains. « La (construction de la) Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans débuta en 1775 sous le règne de Louis XVI, première grande réalisation d'architecture industrielle qui reflète l'idéal de progrès du siècle des Lumières. Ce vaste ouvrage semi circulaire fut conçu pour permettre une organisation rationnelle et hiérarchisée du travail. La construction initiale devait être suivie de l'édification d'une cité idéale, qui demeura à l'état de projet. »

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