Friday, July 22, 2016

IVORY COAST ~ Initiation ceremony of children ~

My postcard for the Weekend theme...Children...see more at Connections with the world...

My first fantastic postcard from this West African more off my "missing list" and a real treasure...a smiling little boy wearing a sea shell dress at his ceremony of initiation...Thank you very much Yassine!!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

Ivory Coast is  a coastal West African country bordered by Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, the capital city is Yamoussoukro.

The country's name descend from the hunt of the domestic elephants and their tusks. The fauna is rich in species, unfortunately, elephants are, due to poaching, nowadays only common in wildlife parks.

Many rural ethnic cultures engage in rituals and initiation ceremonies: for example,  Poro is an initiation ritual of the Senufo people that comprises three stages of seven years each. Senufo boys start taking part in the initiation rites at the age of seven and at about 28 they will be fully initiated and be respected elders in their communities.

It is the world's largest exporter of cocoa. Unfortunately thirty percent of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa are child laborers, mostly in agricultural activities including cocoa farming.
Photo: Etienne Nangbo


Grand Bassam Unesco stamp???
(Issued 2015???)


  1. How lucky of you to have a postcard from there! I don't have a single one.

    thanks for sharing this gem in your collection, Gerda! Happy weekend. :)

  2. It's a difficult country to get mail from. Besides this, the picture is very nice.

  3. Lucky you. A great card from an unusual country.

  4. Very interesting to learn about the culture of another country. You are very fortunate to have this card.

  5. A great place to receive a postcard and such a striking one.

  6. Hi Gerda, Your card is perfect for the theme. I like the close up of the stamp too! Thanks for sharing and for your kind comment on my blog.