Ibn Battuta on how locals can help protect travelers

“I saw a crocodile in this part of the Niger, close to the bank; it looked just like a small boat. One day I went down to the river to satisfy a need, and lo, one of the blacks came and stood between me and the river. I was amazed at such a lack of manners and decency on his part, and spoke of it to someone or another. He answered, ‘His purpose in doing that was solely to protect you from the crocodile. By placing himself between you and it.'”
–Ibn Battuta, Travels (1355)

Posted by | Comments (1)  | October 27, 2011
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One Response to “Ibn Battuta on how locals can help protect travelers”

  1. sage Says:

    Nice story!