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In the landlocked region of West Africa, there lies a small country called Burkina Faso. The country is home to approximately 19.5 million people, is very poor, but has something money can’t buy — rich culture.

Since the 15th century, inhabitants of this land have been constructing literal “works of art.” The houses are unlike anything you’ve seen before and you definitely won’t forget them once you’ve set eyes on them.

Burkina Faso is a poor country, even by West African standards, and possibly the poorest in the world. However they are culturally rich, as shown by many things including the Tiébéle village and the Kassena people – one of the oldest ethnic groups that had settled in the territory of Burkina Faso in the 15th century. Tiébélé is known for their unbelievable traditional Gourounsi architecture and elaborately decorated walls of their homes. The home/ wall decoration is an important part of their cultural legacy. An ancient practice, dates back to sixteen century AD, it is always a community project done by the women. The houses are built for protection, whether from the weather or a potential enemy. Walls are over a foot thick and the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see. Front doors are purposely only about two feet tall, which keeps the sun out and makes enemies difficult to strike. Post construction, the women decorate the walls using colored mud and white chalk. The motifs and symbols are representative of everyday life or religious belief. The intricate building process, reason for design and decoration itself is mind blowing! 💫💫✨ #ouagadougou #kassena #tiebele #burkinabe #burkinafaso #Africa #magic #architecture #history #knowledge #curious #adventures #keep #your #mind #heart #spirit #open #fit #brain #excited #to #learn #harrypotter #beautiful #world #love #style #donttellmewhywearedifferent #tellmewhywearethesame 🐝❤image – source unknown.

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