We drove to Gaoua where the Lobi people settled. I went to visit a traditional Lobi house know as “maison soukala”. A man lived there with his 18 kids and 3 wives. There is a single vast mud banco wall and a small entrance. An entrance to a Lobi house is relatively recent development. Traditionally, there were ladders constructed from notched branches leading up to the roof where there was a hole for entry at the top. Only the chief of the household can give permission to enter. The rooms inside are very dark and spacious. Each wife has a section of the house for herself and her children. Canaris jars (large earthenware jars) are often stacked up against the kitchen walls. I was told that each wife has a special canaris jar that she would break if she decided to leave her husband, It would be considered a sign of divorce.
Our car got a flat and we spent some time drinking millet beer and hanging with kids while the tire was being fixed. A nice, chill time♪
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According to local myth, Gaoua was founded when the Lobi migrated across from northern Ghana in 1770. Gan people were already living in Gaoua. The name Lobi originates from two Lobiri words: “lou”, meaning forest, and “bi”, meaning children. Translated literally it means, “Children of the forest”. They were farmers, hunters, herders but above all, they were warriors. The Mounhoun river is important in Lobi myth and symbolizes a dividing line between this world and the next. The Lobi crossed the Mounhoun centuries ago from east to west and settled in Gaoua bringing with them their deep animist beliefs and superstitions. According to Lobi legend the spriits of the deceased must return across the river to rejoin their honorable ancestors in the ancient world.