Dogon love poem
Kikiné uwu guiriyini ne
On i ibé diyè mon soï
Oguiri biè yagnò wo
Dumounõ gin mu ui ibè won.
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Dogon love poem, the language of Dogon people mainly in Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Poetry in the Niger-Congolese language of a pretty Malian woman. A dogon poem for all the girls of Bamako. 700,000 dogons who essentially cultivate and forge, speak one of the dialects (there are 15) of this language.
Among the Dogons, there is a secret language, the sigi so. The ancients teach it to the youngest this language which is used during religious ceremonies. I hope that one day someone will send my poem in this language :-)
According to tradition, Dogons are from Mandé, which in the 14th was the center of the Mali empire. They have elaborated an extremely complex cosmogony, based on the belief in a creative god Amma, and a creation from the movements of the "egg of the world". They are divided into 4 tribes hierarchized politically and religiously, born of the 4 pairs of primordial twins, headed by chiefs called hogons. There are endogamous groups of blacksmiths and weavers.
The Dogons are structured in patrilineal and patrilocal lineages. Their territorial organization conforms to the myth of the world in the form of a spiral. The hogon, personifying the order of the universe, is the guarantor of rituals, law and commerce. Mali is made up of 6 large ethnic groups spread over the whole territory. The north is a desert, so it's to the south that the population is concentrated and that there are many traces of ancient civilizations.
The Dogons live in villages hanged to the cliffs. This typical habitat was a natural refuge against their enemies, the Peuls. The slope to reach it is generally marked with ropes to grip it.