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There are 350,000 Dogon people living in this area, but it is hard to generalise about their architecture, beliefs and dances. This whole area is full of surprises and traditions, and you should never enter a Dogon village without introducing yourself to the chief first.

By hiring a local Dogon guide, much of the tradition and taboos will be explained to you. Some days prior to our visit to a village, some individual travellers had trampled all over a sacred site in the village sqaue. This had terribly upset the entire community, and it was by only gentle persuation and with a great many reassurances, that we were allowed to enter.

Directions: From above the village blends very well with the rocks, looking merely like an extention of a gerat heap of stone. It isn't until you get down to the level of the plain, that you realise that a whole community live here.

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2004
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