Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) (1989)

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Mali 2003. Cliff of Bandiagara.

The Bandiagara site is an outstanding landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux with some beautiful architecture (houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and Togu Na, or communal meeting-places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region (masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestor worship). The geological, archaeological and ethnological interest, together with the landscape, make the Bandiagara plateau one of West Africa's most impressive sites. 
  • Mali 2003. Cliff of Bandiagara. Please note the misspelling of the place name ("Badiangara"). The stamp is printed by the Tunisian Post Office. 

Drenched in morning light, the Bandiagara Escarpment and the village of Banani at its base is home to the Dogon. Nearly 600 years ago, the Dogon settled on the plateau and the slope below the cliffs. They farmed the arid land for survival.  

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Other World Heritage sites in Mali (on this web site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Mali Section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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