Guezin, stilt village
Oil painting "Guezin, the Stilt Village" 30x36 inches
Guezin is a lake village in the Republic of Benin. 20 000 people live on these houses built on the water. The lake village was established by the Tofinu people. The local religion and beliefs forbade the Fon warriors (a slave trading tribe) from entering the water, making the lagoon a safe territory for other tribes. Ganvie is often referred to the Venice of Africa.