January 19, 2012

Plantes médicinales de Mauritanie

 I went to this talk today about healing herbs in Mauritania, a book as been published naming all the trees and herbs and its properties that can be found in the Sahara all the way to the river Senegal written by Michel Thouzery and Abdallahi O Mohamed Vall. The book itself is a very good source of information with all the names not only in french but in all the local languages, as a bonus, the plates with the drawings of the plants have been done by Marie-Françoise Delarozière, a lady that lived and worked as the Director of the French Culturel Center in Nouakchott in the 90's and which draw and painted all aspects of the Mauritanian traditions publishing many books that are valuable as ,any of the things she covered are slowly disapearing. Her watercolours and drawings are beautiful. A number of those books are being distributed at a symbolic price in Mauritania so that students and traditional practicioners can have access to them. Another part can be found at the Institute Français and at Galerie Sinaa where in exchange of a donation you'll be having your own copy. The money is going towards translating the book in arabic, so be generous.


  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Mauritania? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Mauritania in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and a original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39 Bajo C
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com, where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

  2. Love your minimal use of line with watercolor. Beautiful sketch!