Dogon, Tomo Kan in Mali


Population
237,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Approximately 800,000 Dogons live in a dry remote savannah area in Mali, spilling over into Burkina Faso. About 20 different languages are spoken in different communities. Unless they learn the language spoken by a neighbor they would not understand each other even though they all identify themselves ethically as Dogon. The Tomo are one of these.

Dogon territory includes a rocky plateau in the West and a sandy plain in the east separated by a 400-700 meter high sheer cliff. The Dogon built their first villages in caves in this cliff, safe from the slave raiders. Isolated and distrustful of outsiders, they grew into a scattering of micro-communities, eventually each with a different language.

The Tomo live southwest of the Bandiagara Escarpment and should not be confused with the Tombo who live on the plateau. They are the largest of the Dogon peoples by population. Along with other West African peoples, they are expert weavers in beautiful colors and designs cotton, silk or fibers extracted from bombax fruits. Woven blankets have been found dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries AD.


What Are Their Beliefs?

For centuries, the Dogon have resisted Islam. But as society modernizes, they are increasingly deciding that animistic religion is no longer adequate and grudgingly accept Islam for lack of an alternative or become Christians. The Église Chrétienne Evangélique church as well as the Roman Catholic church have each roughly between 20,000 and 25,000 members (children included).


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Dogon, Tomo Kan
People Name in Country Dogon, Tomo Kan
Population in Mali 237,000
World Population 281,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
Alternate Names Bangeri, Dowoy, Duleri, Habbe, Habe, Jamsay, Nanga, Oru, Toroso, Yanda
People ID 11586
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Large area southwest of Bankass.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Mali
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Large area southwest of Bankass.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Dogon, Tomo Kan (237,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: dtm   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Dogon, Tomo Kan (237,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: dtm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Dogon, Tomo Kan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.60 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Wild West Africa Connection  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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