This is a fabulous Old Dogon Carved Wood Statue from the Dogon Tribe of Mali. The Dogon social and religious organizations are closely interlinked and out of this arose principal cults, which accounts for the richness and diversity of Dogon culture and art. The clans are subdivided onto lineages, overseen by the patriarch, guardian of the clan’s ancestral shrine and officiant at the totemic animal cult. Beside this hierarchical system of coming from the same ancestors, male and female associations are entrusted with the initiations that take place by age group, corresponding to groups of newly circumcised or excised boys or girls. The Dogon believe these operations remove the female element from males and vice versa. Circumcision thus creates a wholly male or female person prepared to assume an adult role. The members of an age group owe one another assistance until the day they die. Initiation of boys begins after their circumcision, with the teaching of the myths annotated by drawings and paintings. The young boys will learn the place of humans in nature, society, and the universe. The first Dogon primordial ancestors, called Nommo, were bisexual water gods. They were created in heaven by the creator god and descended from heaven to earth in an ark. This unique Dogon statue will be wonderful in your home or collection.
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Mid 20th Century
36 Inches Tall
11 Inches Wide
5.5 Inches Deep
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