The Mossi King’s Yellow Shoes, Burkina Faso


Dig the Mossi King’s yellow shoes—what a hipster.

The King himself is a pretty important fellow—he has over 6 million subjects. I shot some portraits of him as well; it was the obligatory thing to do.

But what really intrigued me were the attendants who sat at his feet.  Every time the king would say something, the three minions (the other two are sitting next to the man wearing purple) would snap their fingers like exclamation marks at the end of his sentences. The whole moment was quite bizarre. First off, to see people literally sitting at the king’s feet, and secondly, to hear nothing from them except the snapping of their fingers.

Our planet has some wild customs.

Bye for now.


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