Cultural Practices of the Biffeche continued
The women of Biffeche are famous for wit,
beauty and style, which we maintain even in time of extreme poverty.
Many a young Sénugal man comes to Biffeche looking for an ideal
wife, and tales are told of the sad lovesick youths who leave the
Kingdom rebuffed. In Biffeche, the woman has complete control of her
person. This is evident in the rituals as in all things. We gather
at the river to fetch water, socialize, and do our routines and
cultural practices. The Biffeche woman often wears the most splendid
West African dresses, even if she has little money.
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The traditional clothing of Biffeche,
some of the most beautiful in the world,
is still worn throughout the Kingdom.
The Biffeche man is known to be strong,
industrious, pious, shrewd, loyal and friendly. Our men dress in
traditional robes or western clothes, much more subdued (except for
certain Fula robes) than our women's finery. We wear the Muslim headwear, or else the knitted cap with the traditional Biffeche
colors of blue and white; some outside the Kingdom may also wear it
in solidarity with our King.
The traditional transport for the Kings of
Biffeche was always by camel, but our current King prefers his
elephants. He has played elephant polo in Nepal and is
saddened that there has not been a wild elephant sighting in
Biffeche in some years. His Majesty does find the Asian
elephant to be more tractable and easier to ride than our larger
There are no serious disputes in our Kingdom
and any contretemps are settled by consultation among our Council
of Ancients and community consensus under the guidance of our
Chefs and Sou-Chefs des Villages. This is the traditional African
way. The King can make his wishes known, but that is rarely needed.
For over 50 years, the Kings have rarely held majlis court
in Biffeche, although officially any Biffeche person may call for
In a field in Biffeche there grows the great
Sacred Gui (a large baobab tree),
which is the center of certain
beliefs, and is never cut or felled. From the fruits of this tree
comes Biffeche Royal Bouille, a special delicious white powder used
in ceremonial foods for babies.
Biffeche ancients had certain initiations for a
boy becoming a man, and a girl becoming a woman, that remain
undisclosed. Any bathing ceremonies of youth would be suffused with
reverence for the body and wholly consistent with the religious
pieties of Islam, Christianity, and the Great White Leopard.
Outsiders ignorant of historic culture merely have difficulty in
understanding. A system of certain deeper features of the Universe
under traditional "Pangool" and Great White Leopard can be
harmonized with both Islam and Christianity.
A special mark of honor for a guest in Biffeche
is the "triple-tea ceremony." In a special sequence, the
lady of the house pours a cup of tea for the guest three times, each
more strong than the last, from an elaborate tea-heating and serving
apparatus. We are very poor, so this elaborate ceremony carries a
great significance of respect. Some old French customs are popular in Biffeche,
from the days when much of Afrique de l'Ouest was a French colony, especially the French bread (baguette)
obtained daily from the boulangerie in nearby Saint-Louis, Sénégal.
And the well-educated person speaks and cherishes the French tongue.
This is Peulh Ronald the
smallest village in the
Kingdom of Biffeche.
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