Jessica Nolte
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Dogon

Penduradas ao longo de 200km de falésias em Bandiagara, as casas do povo Dogon se espalham encravadas nas montanhas. Intocados há mais de mil anos, o povo Dogon conseguiu conservar sua cultura e modo de vida como poucos outros. 

A dança máscarada conhecida como “Dama dance” é um ritual funerário. As mascaras representam figuras do mundo animal, poderes masculinos e femininos e o além. A dança tem a função de conectar a terra com os céus e facilitar a passagem do povo Dogon, levando a alma do falecido a seu descanso final. Este ritual pode durar 3 dias para ser completado.

 

Dogon

Stretched over the 200 kilometers of the Bandiagara Cliffs in southern Mali, you will find hundreds of houses embedded into the mountains. That is where the Dogon people have been living for over a thousand years. Scattered in numerous small villages, the Dogon have preserved their culture and way of living like few others have.

The Dama Mask Dance is a funeral ritual that is becoming more rare each year. The masks represent figures from the animal world, male and female powers and the afterworld. The dance is supposed to connect the earth to the heavens and facilitate the passing of the Dogon people, leading the soul of the departed to their final resting place and may take up to three days to complete.