Musical Traditions in Mali | We are the Last Village to Play the Douga.

“When something’s time is over, it is lost. We are the last village that still plays the Douga. It is not played anywhere else. Is this not a change? Before it was done everywhere. If you never see this again, it’s because things have changed.” Finko Walama DiakitĂ©.

Function of tradition: After the circumcision is completed, the boys, who have now become men, are welcomed back to the village with this ceremony. The first person they greet when they leave the sacred forest is the oldest man in the village. After, the families organize a grand feast.

Reason for disappearance: All the ceremonies connected with collective circumcision have now disappeared.