On the Back of the Crocodile

January 27th, 2012

Several years ago, Finn traveled to West Africa for three months to investigate reports of ritual spirit possession in the heart of Bamako. The resulting project has been cut into a trailer.

Islam holds as its central monotheistic tenant that "there is no God but God," while Animism is based on an elaborate hierarchy of sacrifices made to idols of demons and spirits. While Islam is the official religion of the country, Animistic practices pervade almost every walk of life and is seen as the best way to achieve practical everyday needs. This intersection of two opposed belief system has led to a unique synergy in the hearts and minds of the people along the Niger river. Because while God waits for us all at the river's end, the only way to get there may be on the back of a crocodile.


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