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Dogon

This is a nation that settles around the Bandiagara Escarpment, a geological accident that communicates savanna of southern Mali to northern Burkina Faso.

In a relatively small space these people who base their lives on agricultural cycles remained unknown to the West until well into the twentieth century, the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule Sangha was established to study. The scientist spent many years among them, till it came to unravel, in part, its complex worldview, which is virtually unintelligible to the rest of mortals.

For the traveler, entering the Dogon Country is to enter a world of story. A people still without electricity or roads, which is kept away from the world because of the inaccessibility of their villages.

Who wants to know nothing of new forms of life, and that proves impervious to the arrival of the most lI real capitalist society. Do not expect a cold beer or a football game broadcast on TV in the Dogon Country. The sun and moon continue to set the pace of the times.

Most tourists have brief contact with the Dogon culture. They go to Sangha, the city that serves as the capital, the most daring, dare to descend the great stone step to approach Banani. I highly recommend it to those who do not be afraid to austerity that has a week to go down to the foot of the fault and go touring the villages in peace.

The architectural appearance Dogon and worth the effort. They are built entirely of mud villages and barns have a conical thatched roof. In Dogon complex symbology, there are male and female silos, and populations are arranged so that, viewed from above, resemble a human figure.

On the steep walls of the failure to lodges dead, and in the cavities can find some taboo places, either because evil spirits inhabit or because it performed ceremonial sacrifices, circumcision and other rituals and hogones' homes.

These characters are the spiritual leaders of the Dogon, living apart from everyday life and are regularly fed by the people who claim them get on board or punishes one of the decisions taken by the elderly.

The old meet in TOGUNA word house or a building with wooden pillars and seven layers of green roof, which also correspond to a magical symbolism.

With regard to everyday life, basically the Dogon grow millet and onions, and your life depends entirely on the crops are good. With what has been achieved, they will trade in the markets of Sangha, Bandiagara Kani-Kombolé or for other necessities.

A tour of the PDogon ountry must take into account the distances between towns are short, but high temperatures that inhibit walking more than a couple of hours a day. During times of maximum insolation is easy to approach 50 ° C, so the walks should be performed early in the morning and with restraint. Always stop and terminate the day before eleven o'clock.

To stay in Dogon peoples must have the consent of the local chief, who designate where to set up camp for foreigners.

Normally should be used a few porters to bustle the team and a local guide who can speak with the authorities, showing the authorized locations, and this is very important, avoid prohibited areas. Some tourists who have violated the restrictions have been in very serious trouble.

The food is invariably millet or rice with chicken in peanut sauce. It will help u outnas canned few things but, generally, few women appointed by the head cook for visitors paying quantities d


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Falla de Bandiagara

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Falla de Bandiagara

At the heart & oacute; n & aacute; Saharan Africa, in the southwest corner of Mali, a steep cliff 200 kil & oacute; m long was his pride in the parched plains of the Sahel. It is the Bandiagara Escarpment, where people live enigm & aacute; tico that has maintained its culture almost intact for five centuries: Dog & oacute; n. And all thanks to the isolation imposed on these lands hard Nature and now requires the traveler to take his foot down and walk.

The point is & nbsp; the people of Bank & aacute; s, situated twelve kil & oacute; m from the fault. Thus, the slow approximation & oacute; na vertical wall allows guessing going slowly on the horizon of mud walls and thatched roofs of the village first dog & oacute; n, Telly, which seems suspended in the air. Entering its sandy streets not break the spell of the distant vision & oacute; n, especially since the doors of many of the humble houses large caExtra draw ndados wood & ntilde; as figures. Foxes, alligators, cranes, anthropomorphic figures & hellip; chiseled on the humble wood to represent the enigmatic & aacute; tica cosmogon & iacute; a. of this ethnic group an enviable cultural heritage

Back on track, the next town arises Kani Kombol & eacute ;, a & uacute; n at the bottom of the cliff. Like most of the n & uacute; nuclei inhabited Pa & iacute; s Dog & oacute; n, no more than 1,000 inhabitants. Again adobe walls that blend with the terrain. Again humble works of art in wood on the doors of houses and barns. Once m & aacute; s, legends told quiet voice that speaks of the mystery of gods, the origin of this ethnic group and their ancestry. Enigmas that already in 1931 the anthropologist & oacute; & eacute logo franc; s intent Marcel Griaule & oacute; decrypt and s & oacute; & oacute consigui it; partly AFTER & eacute; s 25 a & ntilde; os study

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Failure offered from here & iacute;a path by which to ascend to the top of the inh & oacute; SPITO territory. It's two hours of road flanked by rocks and waterfalls to reach Djiguibombo where mud walls replaced by stones. In the center of the village an old baobab tree shades the house toguna or word, caba & ntilde; a rudimentary supported by cari & aacute; tides wood that support a roof of thick branches. It is the place where men are re & uacute; nen to settle their disputes. And little m & aacute; s all & aacute ;, one construction & oacute; n shown in its outer wall two schem & aacute; tics human figures. It is the house of the women, where they & nbsp; reside during menstruation & oacute; not when trying fertility which nature seems to deny

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From here & iacute; The road runs parallel to the edge of the Bandiagara Escarpment, which has become an exceptional viewpoint that down Sahel acacia imposes dictatorship and dust lanes. Women Skin & eacute; banus with baskets on their heads intersect whose slow pace. There are several hours to the next town, Ende, and in the plain. All & iacute ;, a simple construction & oacute; n decorated with geometric figures & eacute; metric painted in red, black and white shows on their walls cr & aacute; neos rabbits, monkeys and sheep. It is the na amma, the temple where this ethnic group, under the leadership & oacute; n & oacute hog; n, their spiritual leader, performs animal sacrifices to their animistic rites. M & aacute;. S mysteries of a people who demand tribute traveler to walk if you want to know


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