The walls of the houses in the Dogon Country are made of rock or mudbricks and have roofs made of millet stalks.
By using these natural materials for centuries the villages form a perfect unity with their surroundings.
At arrival I was really excited by the first sight of this village. It was as if nothing has changed for centuries.
Djiguibambo is a village at the plateau in the Dogon Country. From Telli at the feet of the escarpment it is a seven KM walk to Djiguibambo.
After a walk through the soft sand of the plain you have to climb to reach the plateau. On the plateau itself, it is a rather easy walk because of the steady rocky surface.
In the Dogon villages you can see granaries for the storage of maizeand other crops.
The walls of the granaries are made of mud and they have conical straw roofs like the huts.
The granaries stand on stone legs to protect the maize and other crops from mice.
The silhouette of the villages in the Dogon Country is characterized by the conical roofs of the huts, but also by the conical forms of the mud architecture buildings.
These organic forms looked really wonderful.
After our visit to Djiguibambo we walked back on the plateau.
It was a nice and easy walk, even in the sunshine, because of a little breeze. So we enjoyed. Walking here was much easier than the walk in the sand down in the plains.
I really enjoyed to walk around in the village of Djiguibambo, while having a look at the daily life in the village. The people we met, were friendly and the children were as curious as we were ourselves.
There was so much to see in the village of Djiguibambo. So take your time to look around, as we did.
Not every hut or granary looks the same. Some mud-walls of these structures were nicely decorated. Maybe the decorations have a meaning, but I don't know.
This is a common tree in this area. They do ropes and clothes with this tree.
A legend says that this tree was punished by a God to have its roots on the air and the branches under the earth, for being so vanish.
Es un arbol muy comun en esta area. De su corteza se hacen cuerdas y tejidos.
Una leyenda dice que un dios castigo a este arbol a tener las raices en el aire y la copa bajo tierra por ser demasiado vanidoso.
Except the round huts with conical roofs and the granaries, I saw also this square building, built of rocks.
There was a oven inside, but there was nobody, who could tell me the use of this building.
I am a lover of mud-architecture.
Also in this area and village I loved the architectural forms in relation with the use of the local and natural materials. They formed a perfect unity together.
In the Dogon villages you see very nicely decorated wooden doors.
So you can see doors decorated with animals and human figures.
These Dogon doors are very famous.