Dogon Ancestor
This example of a Dogon sculpture is a female figure holding twin although the female figure does not always hold twins. The twin are a complex idea for the Dogon people. Twins are carved and are kept by a twin person or a mother of twins. In some cases, twins don’t survive birth and sometimes one twin only will survive. The Dogon people believe the carved image represents the dead child, and so it is kept and cared for. The mother, or a twin in case of a surviving twin, will care for the images throughout their lives. It is believed the images will comfort those mourning the dead twin. There are two images of twins carved for the mother . The female figure holding the twins could mean a number of things. Possibly the figure represents a mother who lost her twin babies. Another possibility is the need for fertility in the village. It may also represent the original ancestors.
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