The Bamako Artisan’s Market is right next to the big mosque and it is surrounded by swarms of people and vendors selling their wares–in shops, out of wheelbarrows and carts, and on mats or tables lining the streets. Many of the vendors just spread things out on a tarp on the ground. The parking area is full of poor people and the infirm begging for alms. I’ve seen lepers here and crippled and the deranged, all hoping for a coin or two from anyone passing by.
Because of the mosque and the religious sensitivities, I don’t take many photos here, but here are a few I found online. They give a pretty good idea of what’s going on here.
These next 6 photos I did not take. These are the tables of the traditional medicine and witchcraft items. The vendors do not like you taking photos here unless you pay them or have a local guide who pays them. Here’s what one traveler posted:
The most interesting place there is a fetish market (though there’re just several spots). You will never find so many attributes for black and white magic elsewhere in the world! Monkey heads, crocodile heads, dog legs, lion urine, donkey ears, horns, dead parrots, bats, horse parts, porcupine quills, etc. You have to pay 1000 francs (1,5 euro) for taking pictures of one counter, but it’s worth it! Come with a local guide and he will tell you the stories how to use all this staff! For example, donkey ears help you to weaken your rival in love, or shockfish skin will help a pregnant woman.
These are cola nuts which are used in traditional celebrations like marriages, or like when we visit a village chief.
I took the rest of these photos today outside the Artisan’s Market. First of all, here are some of the motorcycles of people in the market. No idea what you’d do if you had to leave in a hurry.
Here are some more traditional healing things and animal parts and pieces:
Here’s some coconut!
Anounou and the team, waiting for our car to be fetched from the gridlock.
The rest of these were through the car window as we drove through the streets surrounding the Artisan Market. It’s all a big market, everywhere you look!