The role of earth shrines in the socio-symbolic construction of the Dogon territory: towards a philosophy of containment.

Abstract

This paper deals with the role of earth shrines in generating and maintaining social order and cohesion in a Dogon village on the Bandiagara escarpment (Mali, West Africa), in a context of scarcity. Earth shrines are erected at significant points in the landscape and in remote times symbolised the foundation of the territory. They form part of the ritual… (More)
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2011.591194

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