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Ganvie, Benin

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.
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A Tofinu villager sails out onto Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is famous for its waterways winding among bamboo houses on teak stilts.

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The floating market at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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A voodoo dancer twirls his cape at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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A voodoo dancer displays his exotic cape at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue, near Cotonou, Benin.

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Drummers establish the beat at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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Tofinu women paddle through Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin. The village formed in the 16th and 17th centuries as Tofinu people fled the mainland where they were hunted by Dahomey slavers.

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A voodoo dancer swings around at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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The bamboo houses of Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, stand on teak stilts. The Tofinu people fled here in the 16th and 17th centuries to escape Dahomey slavers who were forbidden by their religion from traveling over water.

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Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is the largest lake village in Africa with a population of around 30,000.

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