Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dogon Wisdom

I took a class on African Art this semester and it was really pretty fascinating. I'm currently working on my research paper for the class and came across this interesting tidbit about the Dogon people:

"A woman must have secret parts to inspire desire. If she went about in the market with nothing on, no one would run after her even if she were very beautiful. Undressed and unadorned she is not desirable; but dress and ornament make men desire her even if she is not beautiful. From a very beautiful woman without adornment, men turn away. . . To be naked is to be speechless."

from "Conversations with Ogotemmeli: An Introduction to Dogon Relious Ideas"

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