The Dan has the reputation of being fierce warriors, always battling their neighbors, the We, the Guro, and the Mano. From a cultural viewpoint, the Dan is close to the We populations situated in forest regions of the south, and against whom they have waged innumerable wars. Lacking a central authority, the various groups had neither a political institution nor unity. The village is under the authority of a chief and a council of elders.In addition, there were male associations that attempted to bring about social-political unity, reinforcing rules of behavior, demanding absolute loyalty and obedience from members, and giving an initiatory education to the young. These societies called upon the tutelary spirits of the bush. The most powerful, even today, is the secret society of the leopard, the. Which, without having fully achieved its stabilizing and unifying goal, nevertheless grows from one year to the next.
The leopard society acts as a major regulator of Dan's life and initiates young men during their isolated periods of three to four months in the forest too attain adult status, all the boys and girls of the damage group up undergo an initiation that includes, in addition, ta o specific teaching, circumcision for the former and clitoridectomy for the latter. To underline the transitional aspect of this trial, it takes place in the world of the bush - the realm inhabited by spirits who, like the ancestors, can play a mediating role between humans and the supreme being. Please visit our About Us page. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. Customer Service : We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them!
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