Well, no, unfortunately, I’m not talkin’ bout that sort.
Adam (my Peace Corp pal stationed in Mauritania) sent over a video his friend shot in a local Market Place. Though the pictures Adam shares are really cool, these videos taken by Adam’s sitemate, Eric, give you a strong (albeit, startling) idea of what the area is like. Adam writes:
my sitemate eric posted a quick video of kiffa’s marketplace on youtube…
we were walking through it during tabasky (sp?), one of the major holidays here. its basically xmas therefore you can see no one is out but it’s interesting to see the aftermath of the market–a place we are at on a daily basis….enjoy!
A little reseach on Tabaski (or Tobaski, nay Tobasky), told me that it’s the West African Version of what other Muslim cultures call Eid al-Adha. I know nothing about either, but here’s what wiki had to say about it;
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īdu l-’Aḍḥā) “Festival of Sacrifice” is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims (including the Druze) worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. However, God provided a ram in place once Ibrahim demonstrated his willingness to follow God’s commands.
Anyway, it appears Tabaski is a highly-revered holiday in Mauritania as the marketplace is nearly desolate:
Wow. Thanks for sharing Adam!
In other Mauritania-centered news, Adam will be sending t-shirts over from Africa for TeeCycle.Org, and will be fund raising to get Adam supplies for the soccer (futbol) team he’s trying to organize. More news on that later.
In the meantime, you can go through all of Eric’s video’s on his YouTube site by clicking here, including this awesome one in which Adam & Eric ride on the top of a semi across the desert back to Kiffa; thrilling/scary.