Dating customs in senegal
Due to their size and longevity, baobabs are important landmarks in Senegal’s dry savanna plain, which generally lacks other types of natural spatial markers such as hills or streams.
Some ancient baobabs are true historical landmarks in that they predate human settlement as recorded in oral histories.
Their second distinctive feature is great longevity.
Baobabs live well over a thousand years as attested by radio-carbon dating.
Their presence on the land has been permanent and they have proper names.
In oral histories such baobabs are cited as loci of battles, or as marking borders between states.
Their massive trunks can grow to circumferences of 25 meters or more.The griot keeps records of all the births, deaths, marriages through the generations of the village or family.Master of the oral traditions, the griot plays a key role in west African society.Senegal is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever.Yellow fever is a serious and potentially fatal disease preventable by vaccination.