Insight into an amazing animist ethnic group
Nov 01, 2011
Dec 19, 2012
Where I stayed
In Dogon villages
I feel I need to provide a short introduction before bursting into excited statements about the Dogon country. The Dogons are an ethnic group living in the South East of Mali. They have kept all their animist rituals over the centuries, despite attempts by neighbours (including the colonial powers and muslim states) to rule over this remote region. Dogon hunters, wizards, healers are still there, sitting in front of their mud huts (ok, they also have mobile phones now), where ceremonial masks and dead animals are displayed. The environment is beautiful: most of the villages are hanging on the Bandiagara cliff. It is just a stunning view when you get there. Further, Dogons are welcoming, smily and kind and it is easy to sit down with them and have ... a cup of tea. Kids are usually running around you and get very excited when the camera is out! Tourists are welcome to sleep in villages, so hiking along the impressive cliff of Bandiagara for a couple of days and staying overnight in villages is a fabulous way to discover one of the most authentic places in Africa! It is clearly one of the highlights so far!