Tireli Village. Dogon Animist Shrine
20th c African (West) Dogon Topographical View
(active 13th c - present)
Bandiagara Escarpment. Mali.
Los Altos. Cohen Collection.
TThe male/female duality found in the statues of the ancestors is also found in the two shrines which are found in many Dogon villages. Here at the entrance to the village is a pillar shrine representing the "male" power, while in he center of the village is a flat circular stone representing the female power.
Behind the shrine is a tree with the lower bark stripped off. The Dogon protect their scarce trees, but they need the bark and branches for fuel and for other purposes. Thus bark is removed only every three years so the tree will not be harmed. Notice the stack of kindling on the rock beside the shrine. This is a sacred place, and people leave precious things like kindling there, knowing that no one will steal it.
DOGON | Tireli Village. Dogon Animist Shrine | 1999 | African | Dogon