Gambia Photo Album

Bambo - Crocodile in the Moon
Fajara, 1995

If you ask a person in North America what they see when they look at the moon, they might tell you they see a face of "the man in the moon". However ask a Gambian elder, and you will more likely hear that there's an image of a crocodile in the moon. Go outside and see for yourself!

The crocodile (Mandinka: bambo) is a common image in Gambian culture. A crocodile appears on the back of the one Dalasi coin, and there are many folk-tales that have a crocodile character. There are also sacred crocodile pools in Bakau which is very close to the capital. These pools are mostly for tourists now, but their presence speaks of the importance of crodiles in traditional culture.

submitted by Andy Lyons

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