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Africa | Initiation rituals among Yaka people. Near Kasongo Lunda, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1951 | ©Eliot Elisofon

dogon dancers mali africa - Africa is a habit breaker. It teaches that the ideal of unalterable tradition is an illusion, that change itself is a tradition, maybe the great modern one. It teaches that now is as authentic as then, and already is then. If, on an African visit, such thoughts kick in at all, chances are they’ll grow larger and realer. As you gradually — confusedly, delightedly — come to realize, the basic experience of being here is learning how much you don’t know.