1: a member of a people of Mali noted for their sculpture.
The Dogon believe that all objects are endowed with spiritual power and that they universe was originally contained in a seed or an egg containing the germ of all things. All that exists first began as a vibration in this egg. Man’s form was prefigured in the egg so that it is echoed in the form of the universe itself.
In Mali, West Africa, lives a tribe of people called the Dogon. The Dogon are believed to be of Egyptian decent and their astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC.
This type of mask, known as kanaga, is created by the Dogon people of Mali in Western Africa. The masks are used in funerary rituals called dama, which allow the souls of the deceased to leave the village and enter the world of the dead, marking the end of the mourning period.
noun, plural Do·gons, (especially collectively) Do·gon for 1. a member of a group of Indigenous people of the mountains of central Mali. the Gur language of the Dogon.
Like other Dogon masks, kanaga masks are worn at rituals called dama, whose goal is to transport the souls of deceased family members away from the village and to enhance the prestige of the deceased and his descendants by magnificent masked performances and generous displays of hospitality.
The Dogon are an ethnic group indigenous to the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, and in Burkina Faso. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture, and their architecture.
Dogon language, language of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by some 600,000 Dogon people in northeastern Mali to the east of Mopti and along the border between Mali and Burkina Faso.
While some villages have adopted Islam or Christianity, a large percentage of Dogon are animists who believe in the importance of a synergy between the spiritual world of gods and ancestors, and the living world of plants, people, and animals.
Following a death, Dogon peoples bury the dead immediately. They dance emina, masks carved from wood and woven from hibiscus fiber, as part of a sequence of rites that are conducted for men long after they are buried.
The Dogon style has evolved into a kind of cubism: ovoid head, squared shoulders, tapered extremities, pointed breasts, forearms and thighs on a parallel plane, and hair stylized by three or four incised lines.
Many sculpture recreates the silhouettes of the Tellem culture, featuring raised arms and a thick patina, or surface layer, made of blood and millet beer.
Masquerades ( African Masks )
Dogon, ethnic group of the central plateau region of Mali that spreads across the border into Burkina Faso.
Describe each. Fitzpatrick 2 Three types of masks created in Africa are face masks, helmet masks, and body and belly masks. Face masks are commonly known today. Deffufa is a unique type of Nubian architecture. Around 1000 CE in southern Africa, groups of herders began to come together, forming larger groups.