Karkur, the Heap of Stones

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(Hausa/Niger, Nigeria)

In parts of North Africa, there are heaps of stones to which each passerby adds a similar article, the piles being usually by the tomb of a marabout.

In Nigeria, where such a sacred place exists, it is pointed out by a learned marabout. The reason for adding to the pile is to make certain that the journey on which one is going shall be successful, for by depositing something, the holy man will remember and help one in whatever one is going to do, while by passing by without paying any attention, he will become angry and thwart one.

Subjects: Religion.

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