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Two Rivers beach
Number Two rivers beach is near Freetown the capital --is River No. 2, a pristine jungle-lined, white-sand beach that stretches for kilometers. # 2 beach is one of the most incredibly beautiful places I have even seen anywhere on the planet. eye pooping white sandy beaches, framed by the Green tropical forest and highlighted by and amazing blue sea. The local villagers have set up a community project to watch over this incredible beach and river outflow. I am old enough to remember the 1970s Taste of Paradise commercial for the Bounty chocolate bar, this is where it was filmed.
Address: Peninsula highway
Directions: located in the Freetown Peninsula region of Western Sierra Leone, About 45 west of Freetown's Lumley Beach
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Bunce Island is one of the most important historical site in Africa with regards to the history of the United States. You see more Americans of African descent cam from What is now Sierra Leone than any other place in Africa. With the interest in African Americans to find their ancestry and now technology to do that with DNA testing it is very clear more of them have genetic ties to Sierra Leone than to any other country in Africa. The fort run by the British at Bunce Island was the busiest in th "Rice Coast" of Africa, sending thousand of captured slaves to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. let me explain way the south of the USA had discovered rice growing and went to the free labor force in West Africa that was rice growing.
Before you to to Bruce Island make a stop at the Sierra Leone National Museum next to the Cotton tree which at one time was the largest slave market in Africa to get the full story .
While the ruins are fairly large, they are completely overrun with vegetation, and long-awaiting restoration. There is no development of tourist infrastructure here whatsoever, unless you count the guestbook.
Neither option guarantees much guidance when you actually arrive, though. The 75-some-odd-year-old caretaker, Pa Braima Bangura, retired in 2011, but will still join you if you pick him up in Pepel, the village across the narrow on the north side of the river. He does not, however, speak English, so you'll need a Krio translator. Interestingly, his guidance diverges pretty strongly from the information available on the internet, so you can decide who knows what's what! The fact is that while some visitors regard Pa Braima as a traditional griot representing the authentic oral traditions of his village, he did not grow up in the area, and doesn't know the local oral traditions regarding Bunce Island. His story of the castle and its buildings derives mainly from
Address: Bunce Island
Directions: Getting to Bunce Island cost about of $100 150 to charter one of the long wooden fastboats from Kissy Ferry Terminal. .
Mende Helmet Mask -- This kind of mask, also called bundu, is what is worn at the ceremonies celebrating womanhood by the Mende people The mask's appearance at girls' initiation ceremonies, but is also shows up in public to mark important civic events such as the visits of important dignitaries. I remember the mask showing up when Queen Elizabeth visited Sierra Lone for example.
Full forehead = Wisdom, intelligence
Somnolent, downcast eyes = Modesty
Shining black color = Mystery
Neck rings = Health and prosperity (as well as the mask's mythic rise out of the water)
Birds = Messengers between spirits and humans
Cowries = Wealth
White cloth = Ritual purity
Fish, snakes, tortoises = The riverine home of sowo
Antelope horns and lasimo (scripture) = "Good medicine" (hale nyande)
Three-legged cooking pot = represents sowo as a repository of women's knowledge, and as a symbol of domesticity
Sierra Leone has some of the best beaches in the world -- Lumley Beach is one of the main beachs and very near Freetown. It was the quickest place to get away from where we lived in Freetown so came here often. This Beach faces the Atlantic so surf with white wonderful sandy beach. It now has, shops, restaurants, hotels, golf course, as well local clubs. Being closest to town, it is always busy and often quite dirty. Head further is you want to see some fantastic beaches.
Address: 17 Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen, Lumley Beach Rd,
Directions: From Downtown Freetown take Aberdeen Road and than left on Lumley Beach road
Beach Near Freetown
Lakka Beach was one of my favorite places to relax it is about 20 minuets from Lumley beach . Great places to eat. . The rocky peninsular is great for walking and has wonderful views on the beach and offers, talk about amazing fresh seafood. The Lakka Beach Island Resort will cook you up some right from the fisherman This is a great location for a short break if your working in Sierra Leon . The views of Lakka beach from the veranda are beautiful. Plus you will like the owner, Jason, very helpful and friendly.
Address: Lakka Beach road
Directions: This is a short drive from Freetown on Peninsular drive
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Two Rivers beach
Two rivers beach near Freetown
Sande Society Mask
Sande Society Art and Dance
The mask in the Photo is from the Sande Society in Sierra Leone it is worn by a mature woman as part of an initiation ceremony for young girls entering adulthood. The mask represents the ideal of womanhood and feminine beauty among Mende women.
The rings on the neck represent another aspect of feminine beauty. The neighboring Temne people associate the sowei spirit with the butterfly and so may the Mende. It is possible that the rings on the mask symbolize the female's emergence from childhood to adulthood just as the rings on the chrysalis mark the transformation of the pupa to the mature butterfly. Most likely, the bird on the crown of the mask is a hen. referring to motherhood and its responsibilities.
A woman must be of a certain rank to commission a mask from a carver. The carver is a man in the community possessing special knowledge of spiritual and social concerns. She tells him the name of the spirit that the mask will represent, and he "dreams" the appropriate form. The resulting mask can be worn only by this woman, and only she can call forth the spirit.
Address: The Mende live in a hilla around Bo
Directions: Imagine the awesome appearance of this beautiful black mask worn by a woman with raffia swirling about her as she moved. The sowei spirit escorts the girls into initiation, provides guidance while they are in training for adulthood.
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