Wassu Things to Do Tips by grets
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Not far from Wassu, we visited a traditional village. The houses are made from mud and the people are very poor by our standards, with no running water or electricity. It was interesting to see how they live in this area.
Known as the 'upside down' tree because its bare branches look like roots jetting out into the sky, the baobab tree dominates the landscape in this reagion. A local tale tells that devil himself uprooted the tree and placed it upside down. The baobab is also believed to have magical powers because of its ability to store water in the huge trunk. Other names for the tree includes 'monkey bread tree' from the pulpy nature of the large yellow fruits.
Superstition abounds around the baobab tree, and most villages have at least one specimen. There are few trees around with so many uses: The fruit is made into a drink, musical instrumets are fashioned from the bark, the fragrant white flowers are used as decoration during festivals. Leaves are eaten either frsh or dried. Dried leaves are powedered and used for medicinal purposes, said to cure rheumatism and inflammations. The bark is used to help cure malaria, the pulp is a remedy for circulatory ailments, the seeds are manufactured into soap and fertiliser. The gourd-like shells are fashioned into containers, bark can be woven into rope and cloth as well as being used as packing paper. The hollow trunks have been used as shelter over the centuries, whilst any dead trees are utilised as firewood or made into boats. Baobab trees have long been popular places for burials. Unlike most trees, the baobab does not increase in height as it gets older, it actually gets shorter whilst the girth increases, just like humans.
Wassu stone circles
The circles are believed by many to be burial sites, a theory which was enforced with the discovery of early skeltons in the centre of some of the circles, as well as tools and pottery, items which made have been left with the dead to help them on their journey into the afterlife.
There is said to be a curse on anyone who is found disturbing this site, which is not a bad bit of superstition to have in place. In 1931, an arcaeologist and his expedition leader, both died mysetriously following excavations at this site.
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