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The Festival of the Sacrifice, Mali Style -4-

“…For many women these days, it means a lot of messy work and a lot of serving of visitors who arrive at the home–some expected, and some unexpected…”

Mali women cooking the sheep during the festival of sacrifice

People eating the sheep in Mali

Sheep eating in Mali

But some Mali women seemed to have a lot of fun too, in the preparation phase, making themselves looking beautiful… it really didn’t sound as if they were suffering because of too much work, although this here, looks like real big work for me!!! But well, to make herself beautiful, a woman doesn’t hesitate to spend hours of work, and sometimes in the most uncosy situations…

Preparation of Mali women  for The Festival

(Photos directly taken from Michael Palin BBC documentary film “Sahara”, during the Festival of the Sacrifice in Mali)



December 28, 2007 - Posted by | culture, events, family, Festival of the Sheep, Festivals of the World, food, friends, Muslim Holidays, travel, women


  1. How do you take the still from the film? neither of my computers (un eMac and a HP Pavilion) seem to be able to take still from a DVD playing (with Capture or Snipping Tool) ? How do you do that!?

    Comment by iondanu | December 28, 2007

  2. Hi Danu!
    Your question made me smile. I spent a long time some years ago to try to find a way, a software, which allows me to take stills from a film, but I never found. If I remember well I met somebody who had a program to do it, but on a PC (but I am not totally sure}. I just take photos from my TV screen with my digital camera, while the film is running, that’s all! You can just pause the film to make the photo, or not, both works the same. Many times the photos are bad because of the interferences but one can reach not too bad results keeping the “time” (I don’t know how you call it in English) of the photo not too short, something like 1/8 second.

    Comment by Miki | December 28, 2007

  3. hay hows it going

    Comment by nicole | November 20, 2008

  4. inorder to make stills from a film you pause the movie and hit the print screen key on ur keyboard….. das located jus in line with the function keys…. you then go to ur print program and srike the ctrl + v and you will get ur pic…..
    love from guyana

    Comment by Joanne | January 14, 2009

  5. Joanne, you have no idea how useful that info has just been! I have just used your tip to save a web page featuring an article about me! many thanks for that!

    Comment by kevmoore | January 14, 2009

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