Plastering The fanatic young bricklayers stand on the eastern wall of the mosque. Protected by their unshakeable faith in the amulets they wear, they stand fearless on the wooden protrusions to apply the loam

Bricklayers from Djenné seem to have no fear of heights

The boys smear the decorative spires as far as their arms can reach. This work is later checked and improved where necessary by the master bricklayers

When the work is completed, the elder bricklayers check that the new layer of loam has been distributed evenly