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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 March 2005, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
In pictures: Senegal pilgrimage

Worshippers in front of the main mosque in Touba

Up to one million Senegalese Muslims have been gathering in the holy city of Touba for their annual pilgrimage, the Magal.

Worshippers waiting to enter the main mosque in Touba

They are members of the Mouride sect, which has a philosophy of "work hard, pray hard". Mourides dominate Senegal's trade and peanut sectors.

Man walks past a stall selling Mouride pendants

Many traders on the streets of Paris, Italy and New York are Mourides and they try to return home for the Magal.

The founder of Mouridism, Cheikh Amadou Bamba

Like Mouridism, Touba was founded by Cheikh Amadou Bamba, who tried to resist France's colonial advance in the 19th century.

A Baye Fall asks for money from women in Touba

The Baye Fall are a Mouride sub sect, famous for growing dreadlocks and wearing multi-coloured gowns. Despite being Muslims, they openly drink alcohol and smoke cannabis.

Baye Fall

The Baye Fall also going into trances, during which they hit themselves with big wooden clubs.

Boy sleeps in front of cholera information poster

Fears of cholera, which has infected some 1,400 people in Touba in recent months, have not affected the number of worshippers. As Touba is an Islamic city, this poster uses Arabic lettering instead of Latin script.

Coconut seller pours water over his wares

Poor hygiene is one of the main reasons for the spread of cholera but some Mourides say it would be a blessing to die in Touba.

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