Conversations with Ogotemmêli: An Introduction to Dogon by Marcel Griaule, Germaine Dieterlen

By Marcel Griaule, Germaine Dieterlen

Initially released in 1948 as Dieu d'Eau, this near-classic deals a distinct and first-hand account of the parable, faith, and philosophy of the Dogon.

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But the beginning of these labours not without other incidents. 'fhe smith, formerly a N ummo, could not by himself carry nUL his task as guide. Besides, his role was mainly that of a l~dlnician, and other forms of instruction were needed as well. Immediately after the smith, the first ancestor, the seven other Itnecstors descended. The ancestor of the leather-workers and ancestor of the minstrels followed in order, each with his luols or instruments, and the others after them according to their rlUlk.

That is Nummo came down to reorganize it. The earth which down from Heaven was pure earth, and wherever it was put, imparted its purity to the spot and to all the ground that cleared. ' 44 Ilun and renewing of men. But the beginning of these labours not without other incidents. 'fhe smith, formerly a N ummo, could not by himself carry nUL his task as guide. Besides, his role was mainly that of a l~dlnician, and other forms of instruction were needed as well. Immediately after the smith, the first ancestor, the seven other Itnecstors descended.

But the armpit drum was not enough to teach this Word, which had to take many forms to meet the various needs ofmen. Accordingly the head of each of the eight families made a drum Ihr his own group following the instructions of the seventh Nummo. For the size of his drum and the tension of the skin the smith of the first family took his bellows as a model. The body of the bellows suggested the idea of the sound-box, and the leather with its fastening served as a pattern for the skin to be beaten.

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