Laamb!

November 2o14 . Dakar, Senegal. Better late than never.

The language of Senegal is Wolof. Laamb is the Wolof word for wrestling.

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Whoever is thrown to the ground first is the winner. Hands only!

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The bottles contain herb laced infusions that the players use to bath with. It is prepared by a marabout(Muslim religious leader) and is supposed to protect the players.

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A loser pouring libations. He dug a hole in the earth and poured what appeared to be water in it. He then drank the water from the earth and  bathed his face and shoulders with it.

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Peanut ladies

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Enjoying the show.

 

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Dancing while they watch the match.

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Wearing gris-gris , leather charms that have Koran verses on them.

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The drummers played all night long even as  dignitaries make their entrance.

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The singers.

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The amateurs had their turn. The pros arrived.

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Unfortunately, my camera died after this. And so did my voice. If you’d like to learn more about Senegalese wrestling, you can read  Here.

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