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was Nur al din. This room was gorgeous. Nur al din was most likely rich. This room was his living room. When you first walk in there is a beautiful little water fountain to welcome you in. The couches were very low and wide, but looks very comfortable. The colors of the couches were a rich burgundy color. The couches could fit approximately 33 people. To add to this nice design Nur al din had a nice symmetric pattern designed on his ceiling. This pattern went nicely with his rooms pattern. Nur al din is an Islamic name. This name means the (sun) rise of Islam. On the walls of this room there is writings of the holy Quran. Also there is no figures or statues of anyone or anything in this room because idol worshipping is forbidden in Islam. This room is beautiful and looks like it

had a nice social atmosphere. Another item that caught my attention somewhat was a exhibition called Monkey Figure by the Baule people in Cote d?Ivoire. This was a wooden hand carved sculpture of a monkey?s face with a human being?s body. There is two ways to interpret this sculpture. The first way is that the humans evolved from monkey and/or that they live with them in the wilderness now. I don?t think that this is the reason why the sculpture was done. The second way to interpret it is that humans beings are acting like animals, or as this sculpture shows a monkey. The person who carved this must not like his type of people or must feel ashamed of what and who he is. Living in Africa is not easy. It has a lot of hardships and responsibilities. People in Africa do have fun also

but this person probably had nothing positive in his life. Another exhibition that I found interesting was a sculptor called Nkisi N? Kondi. It was a hand made metal sculptor of a person with many metal object going through it. Some of the object going through the person were knives, nails, and other foreign objects. This sculptor was made to punish someone. It is somewhat like a Voodoo doll. It is suppose to give bring you bad luck and misery. The third museum that I went to was the Museum of Natural History. It was my least favorite. One exhibition that was in this museum was of the Mbuti pygamies in the Ituri forest. It is very detailed. It showed that this group of people lived in the forest. They mostly had a natural diet. They lived off the plants and animals in the forest.

The hunting for food is done as a family. Every member of the family must participate in this activity. Everyone has there own special role. The teenage male children and father shoot the animal with bows and arrows while the female and the young children flush the game (animal). Before hunting a fire is lit to give thanks to the forest g-d. The next exhibition that I found uninteresting was the exhibition called Dance. In this exhibition it shows you the different reasons someone dances. One reason is to celebrate ones development into adulthood. Also it is there custom to dance in rituals. One of the beliefs this African group has is while having their ritual their ancestors? is watching them and will punish any transgressor. For example if something goes wrong in the ritual

the people believe that the ancestors are trying to punish someone in the ritual that is doing something wrong. The people then go and try to find out who this person is and punish them so that they wouldn?t be cursed or punished. Going to the museum was very helpful. I learned many things. I learned that the African people are very superstitious. They believe in dolls and other supernatural spirits. They also have many ways of expressing themselves. For example their hairstyle, facial cover, like different types of masks, hair pins and other objects that they put in their hair to show status and clan distinction. The African clans people are very close to each other. I also learned that they are a very primitive type of people. They don?t rely on any outside goods or factory

made goods for survival. Everything was and is hand made. I was very fascinated with the Nur al din room. It showed the very rich Islamic art. It showed the respect that one had for his religion. It also showed that the Islamic religion was part of a persons daily life. What I didn?t understand is that Islam was spread through much of Northern Africa but the people in Northern Africa were not practicing the religion of Islam in the right way. These people used dolls and carved out statues and used them for guidance and for socializing. Probably some of the African groups that used figures shown in the museum were not Muslims, but I am sure some of them were Muslim. It is forbidden for a Muslim to worship any sort of idols or use them to possess power or to tell their fortune.