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.
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.
The ancestors of the Dogon came from Mande, an area in southwest Mali and northeast Guinea that was home to the thirteenth-century Mali empire. The Dogon migrated after the empire’s collapse to the cliffs of the Bandiagara plateau.
1: a member of a people of Mali noted for their sculpture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sirius is well known as the Dog Star, because it’s the chief star in the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog.
Dogon granary door. These doors protected the window-like opening into each family’s grain storage building, and used a simple. sliding door lock. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically. served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct.
Nommo are the ancestral spirits of the Dogon (Mali) and are derived from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink”. Nommo implies the power of words to create harmony and balance in the face of disharmony2.
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.
Etymology: After Kongo, believed to derive from Kongo nkongo (“hunters”). Congo (ProperNoun) A large river in Africa which flows for about 4,380 km (2,720 miles) to the Atlantic Ocean in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Etymology: After Kongo, believed to derive from Kongo nkongo (“hunters”).