Mali – Bamana Cults : Sogow

Anthropologist : Jean Paul Colleyn (EHESS)
Field assistant : Mengoro Sanogo, Adaman Coulibaly

Sogow : Masquerade.
The “Sogow” are more than just masks. The head is generally of wood, but the body which is an­im­ated by dan­cers hidden within, takes the form of a cloth tent from which emerge animated puppets. These mobile theatres refer to mythological themes and every day life.