The Dogon People

Timbuktu is located in Mali, a country in Africa. The Dogon people are located mainly in the areas called Bandiagara and Douentza. This area is mainly composed of plains, cliffs, and plateau. There is not a good understanding of the origin of the Dogon's civilization. Most of their histories are formed by oral traditions. Dogon people are mostly indigenous people. There are believed to be of Egyptian descent. They settled in Mali, West Africa bringing with them astronomy legends. They believed in mythology. It is suggested that Dogon people got their astronomical knowledge from aliens. The Dogons are also known for their religious traditions, mask dances, and wooden sculptures. The majority of the Dogon's religion is based on the Nummo which is an alien who visited the Dogon people. The Nummos were like fish because they could live on land and in water. Theirs a significant minority of Dogons who practice Islam and another small minority who practices Christianity. Each Dogon tribe is headed by one male elder. Most men typically have one wife. The wife only joined their husband's home after the birth of their first child. Divorce is a very rare event. The families are large. The families can sometimes have more than 100 people in it and its called guinna. The Dogons survive on cultivating pearl millet, sorghum, rice, onions, tobacco, peanuts, and other vegetables.          

Dogon art primary includes sculptures. The art revolves around religious values. The sculptures are not made to be seen but for the symbolic meanings. Their kept hidden from the public eye. The importance of secrecy is due to the symbolic meaning behind the pieces and process in which they are made. Dogon's sculptures consists of figures with raised arms, bearded figures, horseman, woman doing different things, musicians, etc.

By Jahan Anwar and Kevin Caffrey

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