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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Griaule, Marcel, 1898-1956
Winchell, Jean H.
Published By: Original publisher
Paris: Institut d'Ethnologie. 1938. HRAF MS: i, 899 leaves
[original: xii, 896 p.] ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Cult of the dead (769);
Representative art (532);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Literary texts (539);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work presents the results of the author's study of
Dogon masks, data for which were collected in the course of investigations carried on in
the escarpment of Bandiagara during three visits to the area in October-November 1931,
January to April 1935, and February to October 1937. Prior to the presentation of his data
on the masks, the author gives a brief introduction to the geography of the region, its
basic economy, population characteristics, arts and crafts (e. g., blacksmithing, weaving,
pottery making), territorial organization, traditional history, and religion. Following
this Griaule begins to develop the main theme of this study through the focusing of
attention on mythology which he feels is essential to a better understanding of the
development of the masks. Texts of the myths, presented in the Sigui language, as well as
discussions of mythical beings, the impersonal mythical principle (e.g., nyama), appear as
Book I of this source. The repetition of mythical events, in the form of Sigui rituals,
make up the second part of this work (Book II). Following in logical order, the funeral
ceremonies of those men who had significant roles in the representation of the masks in the
Sigui rituals, make up Book III, followed by the Book of Dama (Book IV), dealing with the
ceremonies governing the departure of the soul. This section has been divided into four
separate parts dealing with the rituals proper, the materials and descriptions of the masks
and costumes, the rock paintings in the mask shelters, and finally the associated dances.
The last section of this source is concerned with the mask altars and various other
practices somewhat peripheral to the institution under consideration (p. 5).
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from French
Translation of: Masques Dogons|The original French
text is not included|Because of poor quality, many graphics are not included Includes
bibliographical references (p. 824-882) Translated for the HRAF files by Jean H. Winchell
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1986-1987
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region, Mali
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dogons (African people)