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One of the most authentic feelings and concepts of hospitality in all of Africa, something that, unfortunately, we are starting to envy. We present the Teranga, much more than just “welcome”.
The word Teranga is one of those terms that are difficult to translate, lost in a concept and mentality very far from the European one and therefore difficult to explain. To simplify, one could say “hospitality”, but it would not be enough, the concept is decidedly deeper and undoubtedly needs a few more lines.
“Teranga” is welcoming the guest at 360 °, allowing him to join his community and sharing with him that moment that he will always remember. It is not just letting people into the house, it is sharing a dinner with your hands, spending the nights telling stories and putting it as comfortable as possible.
The guest as wealth
This different way of interpreting hospitality is deeply rooted in the concept that we have recently been forgetting: the guest is wealth. By talking to someone far away from us, we will have much more to learn and all the distance that separates us will be what we have gained. This conception undoubtedly goes to connect with the ethnic composition of Senegal which, of course, is very varied and plural in history.
Yesterday we talked to you above all about the Jolof kingdom, from which the Wolof population descends, in addition to them, however, there are: Fula, Serer, Jola, Toucouleur, Mandinka, Soninke and Bassari. Having always lived with different subjects, has led the country to be more open to others, not being afraid to open its doors wide, in love with the different and knowledge.
Tomorrow we will talk about the Wolof people, Thursday Costanza Sama Di Mauro is back and we have ordered new books, of course Senegalese literature. Follow us on our pages facebook, Spotify and Instagram, or on our channel Telegram. Any like,sharing or support is welcome and helps us to devote ourselves more and more to our passion: telling the Middle East.