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.
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).
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|People Name General||Dogon, Tomo|
|People Name in Country||Dogon, Tomo|
|Population in Mali||237,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bangeri, Dowoy, Duleri, Habbe, Habe, Jamsay, Nanga, Oru, Toroso, Yanda|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Mopti region: far southwest, Bankass circle; Ségou region, Tominian circle. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Dogon, Tomo Kan (237,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||dtm Ethnologue Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Dogon, Tomo Kan|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 3.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|