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By Marcel Griaule, Germaine Dieterlen

Initially released in 1948 as Dieu d'Eau, this near-classic bargains a special and first-hand account of the parable, faith, and philosophy of the Dogon.

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Dyougodyeh is explaining that he as soon as acquired a head for seventy-five francs which he cooked and ate his fill of, after which resold for ninety-one francs. ' , 'The profit,' stated Ogotemmeli, 'is now not adequate. you should purchase my head from one other guy, and get it more cost-effective. ' one other resolution, it was once recommended, will be to abuse the butcher who charged an excessive amount of. 'To convey you he merits it,' saidOgotemmeli, 'I as soon as received a head from him and 4 ft with it«He wrapped them in a pores and skin and, while I bought domestic, i discovered in simple terms 3 ft. The butcher had stolen one. One will be on one's- safeguard opposed to that kind of guy. ' . 'I know,' he went on, 'one of my brothers has got a dwell ox, and -is going to resell it this present day. you want to ask him for the pinnacle. It ,will be very well with him. yet you could nonetheless curse the cheating butcher! ' Dyougodyeh agreed;' except_about' ,the cursing. 'It isn't really worthy while,' he acknowledged, 'in order to save lots of lower than' fifty francs, to. have the solar blazing on one's cranium all day, and cook dinner an ox-head for 6 hours. ' II4 a hundred and fifteen 'I additionally as soon as got an ox-head,' he stated, relocating away conversing as if to himself, 'for one hundred ten francs. It was once from similar butcher. good! Mter my meal I resold what there of it for eighty-five francs. Had I eaten twenty-five worthy? no longer somewhat it! slightly ten francs! i used to be performed time. ' He was once nonetheless grumbling as he made his manner around the backyard. 'Curse him ! ' referred to as Ogotemmeli after him. 'Curse his father I t used to be the main irrevocable ofcurses. the fellow became and acknowledged: 'Abuse could be adequate. ' He spat at the wall and went out. Ogotemmeli decreased his voice to respond to the Nazarene, was once wondering him approximately Lebe, his present-day cult, and priest, the Hogon. The Hogon lived round the corner in the back of the granaries, and could were a shame to be overheard above the wall. This was once his inner most condo: his reputable place of dwelling used to be higher Ogo!. the ecu used to be good conscious of the most strains of the of this, the oldest, ancestor, eaten via the 7th Nummo, himself the 8th Nummo, stressed with the 7th however distinctive. His covenant-stone, coming from his personal cranium, used to be badge of his pre-eminence over the 8 different valuable and a fortiori over all different smaller stones serving because the mark next ancestors. with no going into the overlapping of territories, the' minable quarrels, the questions of the priority of households or tribes, and the endless reckoning of rights, and claims, it'd be acknowledged that there has been in area a Lebe with a clergyman (who was once regularly the oldest guy the zone) and an altar, which in terms of Sanga was once up within the primary public sq. of reduce Ogol, in a which was once by no means trodden by way of any uninitiated individual, and was once approached through officiants purely on solemn events. This altar, within the kind of an umbilicus, was once no longer made II6 The legendary Lebe were buried within the primal box and, whilst males, feeling cramped of their settlements, determined emigrate, they made up our minds to take his is still with them to the recent nations they meant to discover.

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