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"Africa, West Africa, Mali, Dogon Country, Bandiagara Escarpment, Masked Ceremonial Dogon Dancers Near Sangha" by Stocksy Contributor "Gavin Hellier"
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the country of Mali, in the West of the Continent of Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. The population numbers between 400,000 and 800,000. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture.
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Yurugu Goro, Tablas de adivinación dogon, Sanga Yurugu Goro, Dogon divination tables, Sanga (January 2008) www.vicentemendez.com Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved
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Visiting the Dogon area is truely facinating and a cultural experience not to be missed. Dogon Country, or Pays Dogon as it translates in French, encompasses...
Since the Dogon language is oral, the Dogon record their history in wood carvings. Many of these carvings are done on doors (and in smaller version, on window shutters). Such doors have become favored artifacts and are sought worldwide by collectors. The door in this photo is a common motif dealing with Dogon Cosmology and the Dogon migration that took place during the 12th to 15th centuries from ancestral lands to their current location on the Bandiagara Escarpment. The story is as follows…
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