Bendrologie Museum Manega Reviews
museum of local culture Nov 27, 2008
This museum is a must-see for anyone who wants to learn about the culture(s) and history of Burkina Faso. I haven't seen it mentioned in any guidebook and it can't be reached by public transport, but it's totally worth it. You can rent a moped to get there, as we did, or you can go on a tour from Ouagadougou. There is more info on the museum's website.
The museum houses a large collection of old tombstones. They were only made for people who lived beyond the age of 70. Life expectancy must have been a lot higher there before colonisation.
Outside, there are typical houses for several of the country's tribes - Fulani, Bobo and Senoufo.
There's a pavillon dedicated to death and rituals surrounding it. You have to enter here backwards and with uncovered head. The mask collection is interesting too, especially as women are not normally allowed to see them (the story goes that a woman was once possesed by a demon after owning a demon mask and did horrible things to her husband).
I would recommend visiting this museum at the beginning of a trip to Burkina Faso, because it will give you a lot of useful insight. The fact that, a year and a half after visiting, I can remember most of what I saw there, proves how memorable it is!
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