” La Place de Reunion ” – The Meeting Place is the place where the thoughts are shaped. It is the place where decisions are made that concern the community as well as individuals. There are community halls but the men prefer to gather and have their discussions at the meeting place .
Every aspect of Mali’s society is structured. These structures detemine the way people interact and treat each other.
Thought is structured. One does not simply say what one thinks. Before a thought is spoken out in public it is turned around, looked at from every angle and the impact it would have on the listeners is evaluated from all sides. Not everybody can say everything. Some things have to be left for the right person to say.
Every village has a central meeting place build from indigenous tree trunks. The ones in the picture are characteristic of the Nara region.