Gambia | Animism

Why are Gambia's crocodiles said to be sacred?

Gambia's crocodiles are said to be sacred because they have long been revered by the Gambian people. According to local legend, the crocodiles are believed to be the physical embodiment of a powerful river spirit and are seen as a symbol of strength, courage, and wisdom. The crocodiles are also believed to be a source of good luck and protection. The Gambian people have traditionally given the crocodiles offerings and gifts, such as food and other items, in exchange for their protection and good fortune.

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