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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 14

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Whoa! It's the Chameleon Gate, with one serious tail. There is no detailed guide to these figures, either on paper or in little plaques stuck in the ground, so a visitor is pretty much on his own despite local guides whose services are almost mandatory. Still, even someone completely ignorant of the Yoruba pantheon can see this fence as the work of an artist infatuated with untrammeled nature. Straight lines, begone! Clocks and rulers, avaunt!

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