The Dogon: From the Nile Valley to the Kingdom of Mali

When western anthropologists first began to study Dogon culture they were baffled at the group’s advanced knowledge of the universe. They were specifically astonished at their intricate understanding of the Sirius planetary system (Alpha Canis Majoris).

Historical commentators believe that the Dogon’s cosmological lore goes back thousands of years to at least 3200 BC, during the pre-dynastic age of ancient Egypt. The Dogon’s oral history also includes an eastern migration story prior to its settling in the Bandiagara Plateau region, near the Southern edge of the Sahara desert between the 13th and 16th centuries.

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