Singing with the Dogon Prophet

In the Dogon funeral proceedings, a major song cycle called 'baja ni' is performed in a session of at least seven hours. The texts of the chants are attributed to a legendary figure called Abirɛ, who as a blind singer in the nineteenth century roamed the heartland of the Dogon. The 'baja ni' songs have escaped scholarly attention thus far. Singing with the Dogon Prophet by Walter E.A. van Beek, Oumarou S. Ongoiba, and Atimε D. Saye provides their first publication in English as well as an analysis of these songs.




Author(s) / editor(s)

Walter E.A. van Beek; Oumarou S. Ongoiba and Atime D. Saye

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Wouter van Beek is an anthropologist whose main thematic interests are religion, cultural ecology and tourism.


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