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Forest refuge

In this distant paradise called Machangulo, there is amazing countryside and there is also the sad poverty of its inhabitants. Santa Maria is the only town on the peninsula. The rest of the natives live in scattered hamlets made up of a few huts without running water or electricity. Walking through the forest, you see few signs of human life. Some women are burning vegetation to plant a garden, or at some crossroads there may be a bar, but it's closed up tight, having been built in the wild hope that someone would come and buy something. Amid so much silent solitude, it is endearing to discover a humble chapel. The natives profess animism, but somehow they combine it with Christianity. These small churches, used only when a priest visits the area, are very visible and have high corners. They are built with straw and wood, with a dirt floor and log benches. Air enters freely. They have no windows or doors. There are no embellishments, or pictures. There's not even a cross. Still, thy are extremely suggestive.

In the distant Mozambican paradise of Machangulo, the locals live in an amazing and virgin countryside in sad poverty. As I mentioned, Santa Maria is the only town on the peninsula and the natives live in scattered hamlets made up of a few huts without plumbing or electricity. In the forest, there are few signs of human life. Sometimes there are women burning flora to make room for a garden, or at some crossroads there is a small hut that is closed up tight, built in the wild hope that someone would come there and buy something. Amid much solitude and silence, it's really endearing discover a humble chapel. The natives profess animism, but somehow are also Christian. These small churches, used only when a priest visits the area, are in very visible and high places, surrounded by grass. They are made of straw and wood, with a dirt floor and log benches. Only air enters, because there are no windows or doors. Nor do they have any decorations, pictures, or even a cross. However, they are still extremely suggestive.
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