I had a great opportunity to witness a Dogon Mask Dance at the village of Tireli. The masks serve to connect the Dogon people to the world of heaven where the afterworld exists, and Earth, which provides food, shelter and life. The Dogon are a patriarchal society and traditionally the Dogon masks are controlled and cared for by a group of male known as “Awa”. The dancers bring the mask to life in ancient ritualistic ceremonies such as the “Dama”, a funerary celebration that honors and commemorates the dead as they enter the ancestral realm at the end of the the funeral ceremony Yimu Gono. Another is the Sigui, a ceremony of initiation and atonement and the Dogon's most culturally significant cerebration that takes place only one time every 60 years. the next one will start in 2027. However they are organized the dance for the tourists nowadays, as sort of extra income for the community. Since Tireli is Baile's home, He arranged to have a dance for me. Big ups Baile & the village of Tireli!
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