Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Man with a Rooster on His Head from Chad, Africa

Republique Du Tchad
Le chef de danses

Translation from French:
Republic Of Chad
The head of dances

This postcard features a man with two bowls and a chicken on his head.

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Chad is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is divided into multiple regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanese savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa.

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The music of Chad includes a number of unusual instruments such as the kinde, a type of bow harp; the kakaki, a long tin horn; and the hu hu, a stringed instrument that uses calabashes (gourds) as loudspeakers.

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