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Dogon Presentation

Pre Colonial African History Presentation

saeed husani

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Religion, Cosmology and The Evolution of Dogon Society Dogon History a breif overview of Background The Bandiagra Plateau region of modern day Mali and parts of Burkina Faso Were listed in 1989 as being part of UNESCO's natural and cultural world heritage (Cissé, 2003). scholars have applied a cross disciplinary approach pre-Dogon settlers migrated from Ghana Empire in the 11th century more arid land along the Niger to avoid converting to Islam/capture for slavery by raiding Almorovids ethnoarcheological, and enthnohistorical sources THEORY 1 THEORY 2 BothTheories may in fact have been simultanoues causes archeological linguistic The arrival of the first Dogon groups is dated between 1230 and 1430 AD Historical tradition suggest that these migrations occures under Sujata Keita (1230- 1255 AD) or under Mansa Moussa (1307-1322 AD) The Dogon influx saw the deline of previous groups such as the Telem who had migrated as well but not like such indegenous groups aas the Bozo of Bobo The Dogon Renaissance
1470 and 1500 Moroccan conquests in the Middle Niger (1591~1653) and Segou dominance and raiding in the late seventeen hundreds 19th century during the Maasina and Toucouleur Empires (French Entered Segou in 1980) This period saw the evolution of the social structures from religious ideas that I will discuss Dogon Cosmology in breif Dogon Social Order Central argument
key aspects of Dogon Social order directly evolved out of their religious ideology Supporting Argument
the isolation, environment and external threats of the Dogon "Renaissance" period cultivated this ideology social organization conception of gender art, and architecture gender norms informed by cosmological idea of duality/disorder/circumsision (Griaule ,21) men although superior
are considered
less complete beings the seed which is the female principle
is the center source of life in the Dogon Story and a metaphore for the universe men are masters of society because they are the active element while the female element is passive

this is the same reason why men are less complete social classes
household organization
are represented by the organization of the elements within the primordial egg and the order of vibrations (Reichelt et al., 1992) The Dogon Calender and the Sirius Star Sources Works Cited
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