Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SENEGAL ~ Baobab - The National Tree ~

...New African country to add to my collection... one of the most visited countries in western Africa... a breathtaking magical tree silhouette at sunset... baobabs live well over a thousand years and their massive trunks can grow to circumferences of 25 meters or more.... this "tree of life" has a big spiritual significance in many African cultures.... Thanks a lot Yassine!! 【ツ】

The Republic of Senegal is a country in western Africa named after the Senegal River. It is bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia. The capital  Dakar, is the westernmost point in Africa.

One of the most important trees in Senegal, as well as throughout Africa, is the baobab. The wood of the baobab is too soft and spongy for timber. But the fruits (monkey bread) are edible, and the leaves are used in soups. The trees also serves as meeting places in many villages. Many people believe that older baobab trees house spirits and can serve as guides in making important life decisions.

The baobab is also well known all across the world thanks to its starring roles in Disney’s Lion King (it is Rafiki the monkey’s tree), Avatar (The Tree of Souls), Madagascar and the famous children's novel The Little Prince.

Centenary of the Beginning of World War I
(Issued 20-08-2014)

The 19th Lions International District 403 Congress, Dakar
(Issued 21-05-2000)


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