• Short Summary

    The village of Sabou, in Upper Volta, has long had a custom of keeping sacred alligators--to protect the villagers against warring tribes, to bring rain for the crop and a plentiful harvest.

  • Description

    The village of Sabou, in Upper Volta, has long had a custom of keeping sacred alligators--to protect the villagers against warring tribes, to bring rain for the crop and a plentiful harvest. Today, the fifty alligators which live in the local pool, are more of a tourist attraction than a religious symbol -- but they still lead a very good life.

    Local Children are so accustomed to the reptiles, that they even wash their clothes in the alligators' pool--or tease the huge animals with branches and stones.

    In days gone by, the alligators were fed on sheep and hares-sacrificed in solemn ceremonies by the Village Chiefs. Their meals now are chickens, which the children tie to a string and a dangle before the alligators to make them snap their mighty jaws while trying to catch the morsels.

    The alligators, whose powerful tail could break a man's back with a flick, are most playful in their game of "catch the chicken" -- but the local children know that they must keep on their toes not to slip during the feeding, or the game could quickly turn into a tragedy.

    Once they have eaten, through, the alligators are almost docile--and the boys can actually hold them by their trails and drag them back into the swamp.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD1GDGCQUGUA3ISSSWYMB5LOXO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1GDGCQUGUA3ISSSWYMB5LOXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment