Cambérène

Cambérène is the second Layenne shrine. It was established in 1914 by Seydina Issa Rohou Laye (1876-1949), eldest son and successor of Seydina Mouhammadou Limamou, after a plague epidemic had decimated his father's older settlement of the same name. Seydina Issa selected a site on the beach and designed a settlement similar to his father's sanctuary in Yoff Layenne. Like Yoff Layenne, Cambérène consists of two distinct spaces. The “village” is densely built up (pop. approx. 10,000) and is centered on a small public square. At the eastern end of the square is the Friday mosque, to the west is the “Master's House” (Kër-gu Mak) where Seydina Issa had lived. This compound is still used by the caliph of the Layennes. The second part of the sanctuary is the Diamalaye, which consists of a large open prayer ground used on holy days and for celebrations, the mausoleum of Seydina Issa Rohou Laye, and the community's cemeteries.

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