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Dogon Door From Dogon People Of Mali

The Dogon peole of Mali recorded their history on wood carvings, such as this door. The carvings on this door deal with Dogon Cosmology and the Dogon migration that took place during the 12th to 15th centuries from ancestral lands to their current location on the Bandiagara Escarpment. Such door carvings were also common on granary doors. Granaries outnumber almost all other types of buildings in Dogon villages, demonstrating the importance of preserving crops produced with the hard labor required in such a rocky landscape. Every family had several granaries, one for each of the wives and the rest for the head of the family, in which are stored millet, sorghum, rice, corn, bean.

 

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