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When is a door lock not just a door lock?

 

Continuing our series about doors from around the world, this week’s blog is about elaborate wooden door locks from Mali.

 

The locks we use on our front doors are usually small and functional, simply there to keep out intruders and unwanted guests from our homes. However, the Bamana people of Mali, West Africa, used their door locks for other reasons, too.

 

The Bamana who?

The Bamana people are the largest ethnic minority in Mali. They are farmers, who traditionally live in houses made of mud, with wooden doors. In the past, they used big, elaborate wooden door...