Yesterday we drove to Korogho in Cote d'Ivoire, our usual meal at the Maquis of bbq fish, and local beer. Today we were up early to go with our local guide to visit a quarry where the men chip away at the granite, first of all building fires under an overhang till a huge piece drops off then chipping this into smaller pieces which the women eventually carry away in baskets on their heads (2 per person, which takes two of them to lift it up onto her head) to a waiting truck. All for around $2.50 per day.
We then walked up to the "sacred rock" where the holy man waits to receive any locals with a problem. For the price of a live sacrifice (1 chicken for a small problem, up to a sheep or goat for something more major) they can offload their problem and watch their offering being slaughtered and smeared on the rock. The dead carcass is then skinned, plucked and disembowelled and later eaten by the well fed people who work on the rock. We now have a new scale by which to judge our problems ie 1 chicken, 2 chickens etc.
The rest of the day was taken up with visits to craft houses where we saw clay beads being made and painted, mud cloth being made and weaving of huge strips of cloth (even had a go at weaving)
Last visit of the day was another village dance where we were the only visitors.