Conversations with Ogotemmêli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas

Conversations with Ogotemmêli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas

Marcel Griaule, Germaine Dieterlen

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 2:00241317

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Originally published in 1948 as Dieu d'Eau, this near-classic offers a unique and first-hand account of the myth, religion, and philosophy of the Dogon.

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of hoes which helved. The hoe gave man a longer arm. The introduction of the hoe was inevitably the signal agricultural labour. Till that time there had only been a plants on the earth, such as cotton, which was picked weaving but not cultivated. Similarly, before the descent of celestial granary there were only a few animals such as the the termite, the jackal, and perhaps also the scorpion and so-called 'Sun' lizard. But the use of the hoe to break up the ground and the of seed were not enough

grain (~manated from its wretched cellars. There were only holes where swallows nested, opening towards the west in expectation of future flights. Amadigues house, on the other hand, was chequered with flat surfaces and recesses, a combination of doors, holes, and the traditional cone-shaped decorations. The front elevation was twelve cubits wide and eight cubits high; it was pierced by ten vertical rows of eight square niches, their sides measuring a handsbreadth; these niches extended from

'Words flyaway,' he said. 'No-one knows where they go; they are lost and that means a loss of force, for all the women are asleep at night; no ear, no sexual part will catch them.' Where could they vanish away, these words without echo and with no one to hear them? Was it right to utter, over enclosing walls, in the cracks of doors, in empty streets, words addressed to nobody? But there was something even worse than lack of hearers. In 141 'Who was that?' They"never know. What is, said atniuhf

row like big dice, two of them facing the neighbourin II bitten fruit. Only one of them was in use: it was halffull ofgrain. Opposite, between the main building and the granaries, a low house, in which there were faint sounds of life, completed the enclosure of the courtyard. On the right in a store-room open to the sky there was a perpetual whirl ofdown blown about " by a light breeze. The man accompanying the European pronounced the usual' words of greeting. Immediately a voice replied

through the field between the two villages in hollow where the baobabs were. The man with the torch started from the sanctuary, and down the slope through the stubble-fields, shaking his and scattering a shower of sparks and embers. For the smith heaven dropped some of his fire as lie ran, picked it up with crook, and continued to run, losing it and picking it up On reaching the border of Lower Ogol the runner and ran back to the sanctuary, from which he at once out again. This performance was

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