Over at the ↑Ethno::log the issue of the ↑Dogon in particular and Africa in general—respectively how they are represented by the traditional mass media—recently has crept up three times in short sequence. First the entry ↑Afrika by mawingu triggered some discussion. Three days later an ↑entry on ↑an article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung again triggered a discussion, mainly circling around the topic of stereotypes used in representing Africa, the Dogon in particular here. Finally yesterday ↑the Dogon returned because of ↑an article on them in Die Zeit.
To the wider public the Dogon mainly are renowned for their architecture. The above picture was taken by ↑Dario Menasce—a particle physicist, working at CERN.
In one of the mentioned discussions KerLeone says that he can’t judge certain facts, because he never has been there. Which is a downright lie. I positively know that you have been in a Dogon village. In the very same one I have been. Here’s a snapshot I have taken during my recent visit (only some weeks ago) to said village: