Image 1The star Yoonir, symbol of the Universe in
Serer religion and
Serer people are one of the main ethnic groups of Senegal, and are also found in
The Gambia and
Mauritania. The peak of the star (top point) represents their Supreme Deity (
Roog). The other four points represent the
cardinal points of the Universe. The crossing of the lines ("bottom left" and "top right", and "top left" and "bottom right") pinpoints the
axis of the
Universe that all energies pass. The top point is "the point of departure and conclusion, the origin and the end". Among the Serers who cannot read or write the Latin alphabet, it is very common for them to sign official documents with the star of Yoonir, as the star also represents "good fortune and destiny". Yoonir also represents the Serer people and their precolonial
Kingdom of Sine.
Image 3The rare of the Third Millennium Gate monument in
Médina, Dakar, Senegal. On the left is the Seydou Nourou Tall mosque — named after
Seydou Nourou Tall (1862 - 1980) — son of
El Hadj Umar Tall. Pierre Atepa Goudiaby was the architect of the Millennium Gate.
Credit: Llanta. Lithographer, Abbot P. David Boilat, author of text in his book Esquisses sénégalaises (1853). Source: cote : Gallica, bnf.fr - Réserve DT 549.2 B 67 M Atlas - planche n °5 - Notice n° : FRBNF38495418 - (Illustrations de Esquisses sénégalaises). Uploader to Wiki Commons
Patricia.fidi More about Ndaté Yalla Mbodj...
The gracefulness of the slender fishing boats that glided into the harbor in
Dakar was equaled only by the elegance of the Senegalese women who sailed through the city in flowing robes and turbaned heads. I wandered through the nearby marketplace, intoxicated by the exotic spices and perfumes. The Senegalese are a handsome people and I enjoyed the brief time that Oliver and I spent in their country. The society showed how disparate elements-- French, Islamic, and African-- can mingle to create a unique and distinctive culture.