Originally published in 1948 as Dieu d'Eau, this near-classic offers a unique and first hand account of the myth, religion and philosophy of the Dogon, a Sudanese people. Often regarded as savages, the Dogon are less revealed to "live by a cosmogony, a metaphysic, and a religion which puts them on a par with the peoples of antiquity, and which Christian theology might indeed study with profit." In recording his 33 days conversation with Ogotemmêli, an elder of exceptional intelligence and wisdom, the author has succeeded in conveying the man's highly individual style. The result is a remarkable portrayal of Dogon cosmology, told as it were from the inside.
Spine is sunned, and there is some foxing to the edges of the pages, and there is some sunning. There is minor annotation. A good readable copy.